Big DT Has Offers, Gets More Attention

Eddie Nuckols, the 6-3, 300-pound defensive tackle prospect from San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills who is the #32-ranked DT in the nation, has a number of scholarship offers from some big programs, and he's now hearing from one more Pac-10 school...

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills defensive tackle Eddie Nuckols (6-3, 300) has already taken one official visit and is planning on setting up a couple more. And now a new school is getting in on the talented and athletic tackle.

"I've been talking with Coach (Tim) Hauck and UCLA has been talking about offering. I've been working on my grades and I'm going to be taking the SAT soon, so they are a possibility. They're close to home and I've been interested in them."

In the meantime, Nuckols is doing work getting to know the schools that have offered him. Last weekend, Nuckols visited Colorado, his first official trip, and it was quite the experience for him.

"It was an amazing trip to Colorado, I loved it," said Nuckols. "I was hosted by Eugene Goree from Tennessee. And I knew Marques Simas and Demetrius Sumler from San Diego. So that was cool."

One thing, in fact, stood out to Nuckols.

"It was the second day of the trip and we went out to the mountain and they showed us a view of Boulder. And it was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen in my life. I thought the school was great, but it blew my mind."

Nuckols talked with most of the Colorado coaching staff, but spent much of it with Coach Kent Riddle, while also getting to meet with head coach Dan Hawkins.

"We got to speak with Coach Hawkins," said Nuckols. "He is a nice, down-to-earth guy, and he reminds me of my coach a lot. They're pretty much the same."

While he has the one visit under his belt, Nuckols doesn't have any immediate plans for upcoming trips. "I don't have any other visits set up, but I'm thinking about setting trips up with Arizona and Arizona State. I talked to Jamaar Jarrett (his former Mission Hills teammate now at ASU), and he wants me to come out there," said Nuckols.

For the time being, Nuckols said his top five was Colorado, Arizona State, Arizona, San Diego State and UCLA, with all but the Bruins having offered.

He's also uncertain of if he'll be taking all five trips. "I didn't really think about taking all five of them, maybe just 2 to 3 of them," said Nuckols. "But if it's a campus I really want to see, I might take all five."

Through five games, Mission Hills is 4-1 and Nuckols has 23 tackles, eight for loss, and has rushed for 18 yards on three carries and a touchdown, despite missing a pair of games with an ankle injury. Last weekend, the Grizzlies had a bye.

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