Offered by a Contender

The latest coach to recruit the state of Georgia for Wisconsin, running back coach Thomas Hammock was impressed with the on-the-field and off-the-field abilities of Tucker (GA) High three-star safety Kirk Tucker, who received a Badgers offer.

Only knowing that Wisconsin plays in the Big Ten and has played in the last three Rose Bowls might not seem like a lot of information to get high school seniors-to-be excited about receiving an offer from Wisconsin.

That wasn't the case for Tucker (GA) High three-star safety Kirk Tucker, who recognized the importance behind a scholarship offer from the Badgers.

"I know that the Badgers are in the Big Ten and they are consistent enough to get to the Rose Bowl the last three years.

The state of Georgia has been recruited for years by the state of Wisconsin. The Badgers have sent former running back coach John Settle, former linebacker Dave Huxtable and secondary coach Ben Strickland down to the state over the last decade without much success.

Under first year coach Gary Andersen, running back coach Thomas Hammock is taking a crack at the state.

"Coach Hammock and I have been communicating online for about a month," said Tucker. "He watched my highlights and was really impressed. He came to my school with the defensive coordinator (Dave Aranda), they watched my film and met with my head coach to look at my transcript."

Once Hammock saw a 3.5 GPA, to go along with about 75 tackles, three interceptions and a couple forced fumbles and recoveries, it was a no brainer for Wisconsin.

"Usually when coaches see my transcript, they fall in love with me," said Tucker, with a laugh. "Coach Hammock was very impressed, said he wanted to offer me and wanted me to come take a visit. I am going to take to my parents and plan on that."

The visit is probably this summer when Tucker also visits Ohio State, who offered him this week.

"I was very happy and grateful with the Wisconsin offer," said Tucker. "Wisconsin can contend with anybody and produce great players throughout the years at DB."

Tucker also holds offers from Arkansas, Connecticut, East Carolina, Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio, Stanford, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and UCF.

"I've put in a lot of hard work to get those offers on and off the field," said Tucker. "This is my first year playing defense and starting defense, so for me working this hard in the classroom and on the field is something I pride myself on."

Focused on a school's academics and his comfort level at the school, Tucker would like to make his decision before his senior season.

"College is definitely a home away from home and I want to transition into my college years," said Tucker. "I want to start early, but I want to work for it. I am not one of those five-star athletes who think. I want to show these coaches that I play with a chip on my shoulder, work hard and beat out the upperclassmen."


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