Tucker Talks Army Bowl, Texas Tech Game

It's no secret that Austin Westlake kicker Justin Tucker is one of the best in the country at his position. He is also one of the most likeable commits in UT current '08 class. Tucker was at the Texas Tech game on Saturday and he left impressed with the number of recruits in attendance.

"Yes sir, I did," Justin Tucker said when asked if he made it to game on Saturday. "It was probably the most crowded game Texas has had this year in terms of recruits."

By now everybody has heard that some pretty big name prospects were on hand to watch the Longhorns outscore the Red Raiders and Tucker ran into Ventura, California, running back Darrell Scott after the game.

"As we were leaving I ran into Darrell. I just told him that it was good to see him down here," Tucker said.

Tucker spoke to Longhorn assistant Matt Nader after Scott's visit and it appears that he had a pretty good time at the 40 Acres.

"I spoke to Matt Nader. I'm sure you know his story. He is working as a grad assistant. We were playing a little guitar hero and he said that Darrell had a pretty good time," Tucker said.

The members of the '08 class weren't the only ones in attendance of Saturday. There were also a number of juniors on campus, and Tucker ran into a number of them as well.

"I have talked to a few of the '09 guys. Ryan Swope is from my high school. He was at the game. He has been doing a lot of good things for us this year," Tucker said. "I've spoken to Paden Kelley and Garrett Gilbert from Lake Travis quite a bit. We played them earlier this year. I also ran into Casey Pachall. I don't talk to the '09 guys as much, but they all seem like real cool guys."

With the amount of prospects in attendance, the atmosphere inside Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium had a little different feel to it.

"Usually if you look at where the recruits are sitting, they are usually playing around on their blackberries or there cell phones and a lot of them are kind of shy. It seemed like the guys were getting more into it. I was kind of the ring leader. I was hollering the whole time. You have to be a fan. You can't just sit there," Tucker said.

Earlier this year, Tucker was selected to kick for the West squad in the U.S. Army All-American game, which is held in San Antonio at the beginning of every year. He talked about the honor.

"I don't even know where to start," Tucker said. "With guys like Vince Young, Reggie Bush and Ted Ginn Jr. getting there start in that game, it's pretty huge. To be associated with such a prestigious game as the Army Bowl is a pretty cool deal in itself."

Austin Westlake made it all the way to the state championship game last year and he is planning on making it back one more time.

"I'm going to throw a cliché at you, but I think we can go as far as we want to. It's a matter of everybody stepping up and getting on the same page," Tucker said. "As far as I'm concerned, I feel like I've got six game left to play, but we are just going to take it one step at a time.

Tucker is planning on graduating early and enrolling at UT in January.


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