Justin Tucker: 'I always knew...'

It's not often that Texas signs a kicker, but a player like Justin Tucker doesn't come around very often. The Austin Westlake product was one of the first to give his commitment to the Longhorns during their first junior day. Tucker talked about his verbal pledge and expectations for his senior season.

"I guess I knew pretty intimately that I wanted to go to Texas. My only interest is Texas now," Justin Tucker said. "Growing up, I was a Notre Dame fan. They have a rich tradition and a great football program. I am devoutly Catholic and religion is a big part of my life. I think it is pretty cool that there is a school out there that is so Catholic, but I always knew deep down that I was going to be a Longhorn."

Tucker also held an offer from the Oklahoma State Cowboys when he committed to Texas. What stood out about Texas that led to such an early commitment?

"Texas is literally like a 10 minute drive from my house. When I went on my unofficial, it really felt like a large part of my family. A lot of the same moral principles are practiced at Texas that are taught in my family. Texas has a very family oriented and team oriented environment," Tucker said.

Tucker attended Texas' spring game in late April and is also planning on going to camp in Austin this summer.

"Yes," Tucker replied when asked if was planning on attending Texas' summer camp. "I still need to sign up, but I'm planning on going on June 10th. I just need to get signed up. I have already cleared my schedule so I could go."

Tucker and his teammates made it all the way to state championship last year, where they were defeated by Southlake Carroll. He is very excited about what they have coming back for his senior season.

"I'm very excited. Our team lost to Southlake Carroll in the state finals last year. Texas has two commits from Southlake Carroll. They have two really good guys in Riley Dodge and Tre Newton," Tucker said. "We have a lot of talent coming back this year. I'm most excited because we have a well rounded team with a lot of speed."

Tucker isn't just a special team's player. He played both offense and defense last year and is a great athlete.

"I played free safety last year," Tucker said. "This year, I will mostly be on the field at wide receiver. I might return some kicks as well."

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