June 28, 2011

Army staff identifying quality DL talent

The Army coaching staff continues to work diligently to identify and extend offers to a selective group of quality offensive linemen for 2012 recruiting class.

With several names on the board like 3-star performers, Issac Hayes, big Jordan Roos and Wes Roger, along with Carl Hulick and Brandon Greene, the list is impressive to say the least.

But on the defensive front, the staff is looking to pick up the pace and one recent prospect to recently hit the Black Knights' radar is defensive tackle Ty Tucker.

Although the 6-foot-3, 265 pounds lineman from Walkersville (Md) Walkersville High School does not have an Army offer … don't be surprised if one isn't forthcoming very soon.

"I really like Army and they like me, so I hope I have the grades," says Tucker who claims to have a 3.5 GPA and has already taken an unofficial visit to the prestigious school.

"I visited Army last weekend. I met with Coach John Brock and he showed us the campus and he talked about Army, along with what West Point is all about."

After seeing the campus and football facilities up close and personal, Tucker's impression was highly favorable.

"I liked it a lot and it's an awesome campus," he confirms, as raves about the Black Knights' football complex. "Their facilities are great and the biggest weight room I ever have seen."

"I think they are going offer and Coach Coaxum told me they like me a lot."

With Army high on his list and should Black Knights offer, will that impact Tucker's recruiting strategy?

"I want to go to a top academic school and Army is right up there," declares the defensive tackle. "But I want to take all my official visits to get a feel of the campuses and probably won't sign until signing day."

Tucker does hold one offer and that is from Colgate, but he indicated that he is hearing from Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Virginia, along with several Ivy League schools.

In addition to football, Tucker wrestles and qualified for the Maryland state championships but was slowed an unfortunate injury. "I tore my biceps at states, so I didn't do that well and was finished for the event," he shared last week. "But when I got healed up, I All-American'ed at the Nationals.

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Tucker throughout his senior campaign.

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