Rushing for 2,297 yards and 28 touchdowns, with three 200 yard games and one 300 yard game is an amazing cap to any running back's high school career. For Matthew Tucker however, he has a chance to best them. Coming off an amazing junior campaign, Tucker has again shredded defenses in his first games of his senior year. His performance has got many schools, Texas A&M included, interested in the prospect.
There is reason to stay interested as well. This 6'1", 210 pound running back "has put on both weight and speed in the offseason," says head coach Phil Castles. "He's a 4.4 or better guy now. He really really works hard."
In the current state of Texas football there is a premium for an every down back who can run between the tackles and bounce to the outside with equal effectiveness, something which Tucker does very well.
"The great thing about Matthew Tucker is, he can beat you in so many ways. He is a physical runner, so defenses gear up for him in the middle and get ready to be hit, because he'll deliver the lick. Then, when they are clogging the middle, Tucker will bounce it on the outside – he's an amazing burst runner too – and take it to the house."
When asked what part of his game Tucker would need to improve to be successful at the college level, Coach Castles was at a loss. "I really couldn't say that there was one area where he would not be ready right now to go compete at the next level and be effective. He really is the complete package; he can block, he can catch, he can do what he needs to to make this team better."
The most amazing thing about Tucker might not be his skills, but his consistency. In Chapel Hill's first game against Palestine Westwood, Matthew was able to rush for 260 yards in a rusty game for both teams that featured 13 total fumbles.
In the next game for Tucker, he rushed for a career high 337 yards, including scoring rushes of 45, 63, 61, 7, and 48 yards. Finally, in a game in which Tucker was crowned homecoming king before the game, he was held to only 137 yards and two touchdowns – or rather was not "held" at all, as those yards were from only seven carries, and does not include the opening punt which he ran back for another score.
With all this going right for the senior tailback, it's hard to imagine anyone could be humble, but that's exactly what his coach says about him. "Oh yeah, he is super humble, he's just a great kid," Castles said. "He doesn't lead by his mouth, he just leads by his performance, and it shows. The team loves and trusts him. He's a huge asset to have on our team."
Tucker had "narrowed it down" to Arkansas and TCU before the season, but said he was not close to a decision, and had written LSU down on his "planning to attend:" section of his homecoming survey. It remains to be seen whether this flood of attention will have Tucker cutting back to a different direction.
Scouting Report: Matthew Tucker
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