Romale Tucker talks about the 'Cuse
It was considered a big-time score for Syracuse in February when Washington, D.C. linebacker Romale Tucker switched his commitment from Virginia to SU. But there was still concern that perhaps Tucker's plans could change after a year at Milford Academy (N.Y.). Syracusefan.com caught up with the talented linebacker for the latest.
"Everything was wide open, but I'm going to be going to Syracuse. They stuck by me, so I'm sticking by them," said Tucker, a 6-foot-3, 240-pounder who will likely play defensive end in college.
"I always played linebacker, but the coaches moved me to D-end because that's where I'm going to play at Syracuse," he said.
"He's an extremely athletic football player, with great change of direction and athletic ability. He's working hard every day and is going to be successful at whatever he does," said Milford assistant coach Roy Istvan.
Tucker was rated the No. 27 strong side linebacker in the nation in the Class of 2007 before moving on to Milford in order to tidy his transcript. He's the type of player who will likely come in and play right away, not that he's worried about it.
"It doesn't make any difference to me as long as I'm out there playing football," he said. "I went to the Illinois game, and I talked to Coach White after the game and he said they need me there … As far as playing early, I'm pretty sure that's going to happen."
Tucker has enjoyed the change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of his native D.C.
"I'm just out here ballin', taking classes, and playing football. We're 5-0, so I feel good," he said. "It's a lot different. There's not much to do out here, which is good because it keeps me out of trouble and there's no distractions, and I can just focus on what I'm here for – to play college football."
Tucker speaks regularly with White and plans to enroll at SU after football season, after he takes the SAT. He's been studying hard for the test with his teachers at Milford.
"The teachers, here, they do a great job of getting you ready," he said.
And with his size and ability, he also looks ready to play college football.
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