February 5, 2007

GA receiver heads north

Rashad Tukes picked up early scholarship offers from schools like Kentucky and South Carolina, but the 6-foot-2, 167-pound wide receiver from Riverdale, Ga., focused his interest on smaller schools like Memphis and Kent State.

"I had offers on the table from Kentucky and South Carolina but South Carolina has like six or seven commitments at wide receiver so they were loaded," Tukes said. "Kent State and Memphis contacted me the most so I had them on top."

Over the weekend Tukes made an official visit to Kent State and verbally committed to head coach Doug Martin.

"The trip went well," he said. "I committed at dinner (Saturday) night. Coach Martin was very happy and excited. He said that me going there was going to make him a better coach."

Kent State currently boasts four players from the Peach State, a fact that played a role in Tukes' decision.

"That helped a lot because I won't feel like I'm the only one from far away," he said. "I really liked the atmosphere of the campus and the academics are very good. They have a lot of people that support you."

While the atmosphere at Kent State played a major role in his decision, Tukes jumped at the chance to play in the Golden Flashes' wide-open offense.

"I wanted to be in a passing environment and they pass 35-40 times a game," he said. "They even showed me the tape to back that up, so it wasn't just words. I want to play early too and I think I'll have that chance there."

As a senior at Riverdale High School, Tukes hauled in 30 passes for over 650 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also contributed on defense where he recorded 56 tackles and eight interceptions.

"I have a lot of mental toughness and I'm very aggressive off the ball," he said. "I run good routes and I have a 38-inch vertical jump so I can go up and get the jump ball."

Tukes is the fourth player from Georgia to verbally commit to the Golden Flashes this year.

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