2008 Watch: Dewitt Stuckey

While we're still on the class of 2007, there are some 2008 prospects that are making names for themselves, like NorCal linebacker Dewitt Stuckey, who came to the UCLA-USC game and was blown away. He talked about his recruiting plans...

With Signing Day only seven weeks away, the focus has been on the class of 2007. But there have been a handful of 2008 prospects that have already been catching the eye of colleges, one being Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln linebacker Dewitt Stuckey (6-0, 210).

Stuckey has been a two-year starter for Lincoln and is coming off another solid campaign that has caused colleges to take notice.

"I've gotten letters from UCLA, Louisville, Cal, Florida State, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Washington State, Nevada, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Washington, Oregon State, Arizona and UNLV," said Stuckey. "I don't have any offers yet so my options are kind of open right now."

Playing weakside linebacker, Stuckey said he would prefer to play there in college but acknowledges that safety could end up his position in college.

"UCLA has asked me where I would prefer to play, linebacker or safety," said Stuckey. "I say whatever I can do to contribute to a team."

Stuckey attended the UCLA-USC game earlier this month with teammate, offensive lineman Matt Meyer, and was blown away by what he saw.

"It was great," said Stuckey. "That was it, right there, the biggest rivalry to me, UCLA and USC. I was in the locker room afterwards and it was just crazy in there. I talked with Coach (Gary) DeLoach a little, too. I focused on watching their weakside linebacker, Reggie Carter. When I watch games, I look at people playing my position. I could learn from him if I played with him."

Stuckey said he has no plans to make an early decision and that he would like the opportunity to go through the recruiting process, take some official visits and make his decision on Signing Day in February of 2008. He did say, however, that he hopes to stay on the West Coast.

"I live with my grandmother so I don't want to live too far from her," said Stuckey. "I have my aunt here, too, so I will talk things over with them."

Stuckey attended the Stanford camp last summer and plans to attend a couple of camps and combines this upcoming spring and summer.

This past season, Stuckey recorded over 100 tackles, recovered four fumbles, forced two of them and had an interception. He also ran in three touchdowns playing fullback in the Wing T, and opened up plenty of holes for Washington commit Curtis Shaw.

Academically, Stuckey has a 3.0 GPA and took the PSAT earlier this year. He will take the SAT in the spring.


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