Washington D.C. star talks Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt has been vigilant about improving the Panthers overall team speed. He, along with his staff, has been searching for mobile and hostile defensive ends to pressure quarterback.. Pitt is still in the hunt for a phenomenal prospect from Washington D.C.

"My top ten schools would be Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, USC, Michigan State and Virginia Tech," stated blue-chip defensive end Tony Tucker (6-foot-2 ½ inches, 230 pounds) from St. Johns College High School in Washington D.C.

Tucker has accumulated over 20 scholarship offers. He has visited a large number of schools over the summer including Penn State, Pitt, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Clemson and Tennessee.

Tony attended the Scout.com All-American combine in Pittsburgh, PA. He was the most dominant player during the one-on-one drills that matched the offensive linemen against defensive linemen.

"I'm going to narrow my list down further during the season. I want to see how my top ten teams do on the field. We're going to take a close look at their recruiting classes as well. I'll narrow things down and take my five official visits."

Tony was quick to identify how he would choose his top school once he had completed his five official visits. "Academics are first and foremost the most important," he said. "After that I want to see what kind of a relationship the player and coaches have. I prefer a family experience. Playing time will be the last factor. I would prefer to play my freshman year. Coach (Aubrey) Hill has told me I could see playing time early in my career at Pittsburgh."

Scout.com ranks Tucker a four-star prospect and the 18th best defensive end in the nation. He is capable of running a 4.6 forty-yard dash, bench pressing 320 pounds and squatting 450 pounds. Panthers wide receiver's coach Aubrey Hill has been Tony's primary contact.

"I like what I saw of Pittsburgh earlier in the summer. It's cool they way they share their facilities with the Pittsburgh Steelers. I would like to see a little more of the school and see the campus. It would be great to meet Coach (Dave) Wannstedt."

When asked about his strengths, Tucker responded, "I have a very quick first step and I'm fast. I have good instincts. I try to focus on where my final destination will be. Usually it's the quarterback or running back. When I see where the ball is at, I explode and go after it."

"I still have a lot of decisions to make, but Pittsburgh is still in the mix."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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