EJ Tucker Commits to Toledo

When Tim Beckman took over as the head coach at the University of Toledo, he stressed the importance of getting talented local prospects to stay in Toledo and play for the Rockets. He delivered on that promise last year with Eric Page, and already received a commitment from Ray Bush from Rogers HS earlier this fall. Today Rogers athlete EJ Tucker added to the list.

The University of Toledo received commitment #12 in the 2010 football recruiting class, and he's a good one. Local prospect EJ Tucker gave UT head coach Tim Beckman his verbal commitment earlier today. Tucker chose Toledo over offers from Cincinnati and Michigan State.

Tucker is a 6-3, 207 pound athlete from Rogers High School in Toledo. He plays quarterback and safety for the Rogers Rams. "He is a great runner and he has really worked hard on becoming a better passer," Rogers head football coach Rick Rios recently told the Toledo Free Press. "When he added the passing game to his repertoire, it made our offense that much better."

Tucker led Rogers to a 9-1 regular season record. He scored 21 total touchdowns, rushing for 1,049 yards on 165 rush attempts and throwing for 1,325 yards while he completed 73 of 133 passes.

Last weekend Rogers lost to Maple Heights in the first round of the state playoffs, 36-26. Tucker rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another in the losing effort.

Tucker has been recruited to Toledo by assistant coaches Mike Ward and Scott Satterfield. Toledo is recruiting him as an athlete that will likely play either wide receiver or in the defensive backfield.

Tucker joins fellow teammate and LB Ray Bush as commitments to Toledo's 2010 football recruiting class. Former Rogers players Isaiah Ballard and Myshan Veasley-Pettis are currently on the Toledo Rockets roster.

Tucker is of the same mold as UT receiver Eric Page, who was also a local football star during his time at Springfield High School. Page was a mobile QB in high school that ran a spread offense, but he converted to wide receiver at UT. As a true freshman, he leads the team with 71 receptions for 986 yards and 7 TD's. He also leads the nation among freshman receivers in each of those categories.

Tucker is the 12th commitment in Toledo's 2010 recruiting class. Toledo will likely sign 22-24 prospects in the class, when signing day rolls along in February.



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