DC DE Up in the Air

Tony Tucker

Boston College is actively recruiting Washington, D.C. prospect Tony Tucker. The four-star defensive-end/linebacker has gathered over 20 scholarship offers (mostly from east coast schools) and has yet to specify his favorites, but says that BC has been paying him a lot of attention.

Tony Tucker

"They've been showing me a lot of love," Tucker said. "Coach [Keith] Willis has been sending me a lot of letters. He's not allowed to call me but he's been sending letters pretty often."

Tucker has been busy this summer. He got out to Penn State, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Pitt, but hasn't been to BC and says he probably won't make any more visits until the school year starts. Tucker will get up to Chestnut Hill when he makes his officials during the season.

"BC, I want to take an official visit there," Tucker said. "I'm going to try my best to get to as many [schools] as possible, but I don't know when exactly. It gets crazy during the season so I might have to do some after the season is over."

It's difficult to say what schools have the best shot at landing Tucker. He says he doesn't have any favorites and is completely focused on his senior season. Tucker has two goals: to win a championship next year and play in the All-American game. He's putting the decision process on the back burner and probably won't be much closer to picking a school until the season is over.

He does not know too much about BC, but had some good things to say about the program.

"They're going to be good," he said. "Just looking at their roster and who they have coming in and the coaches they got, they're going to be pretty good. Once I take an official visit there I'll be able to get a better idea about the school."

One concern that might factor into Tucker's recruiting process (for both sides) is his position. He plays d-end in high school ("All I do is rush the quarterback, that's my favorite part of the game") and would like to play there in college, but he's a little undersized for the defensive line (6'3", 225 pounds). Some schools have suggested making him an outside linebacker or, as the coaches at Maryland suggested, a stand-up d-end who also acts as a linebacker. Still, Tucker is an incredible athlete (he caught six passes as a junior to go along with his 12 sacks) who knows how to play, which will make him welcome wherever he chooses to go.

Tucker never said it directly, but Maryland might be one of his frontrunners. Not only is it nearby (can't get much closer, in fact), but he's been associating with a couple big-name MD alums.

"I just lost my training partner, he plays for the San Diego Chargers," Tucker said casually. "Shawne Merriman. We have the same trainer and I was working out with him. I also got to meet Vernon Davis. I didn't get to train with him, though."

That's not bad company to keep for a kid who is still in high school. If his brush with a couple current NFL-ers who both happened to be Terps has any swaying power, Tucker might be looking to stay close to home. But none of that is on his mind at the moment and any decision left to be made won't be until he's had enough time to think it through properly.

"I'm just trying to stay focused on this season," Tucker said convincingly, "because I'm not in college right now. I'm just preparing for the season right now, basically. I'll probably look at it a little harder during the season, but not right now."

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