September 21, 2008

Competition no match for Tucker

Looking for the best under recruited running back in the Lone Star state? No need to scourer the state, just go east on Interstate 20 to Tyler and that's where he is. Okay, Matthew Tucker has his share of college interest, but take a look at his measurables and what he's done so far this season and you'd be surprised there isn't much more.

Tucker has helped lead his Chapel Hill team to an impressive 3-0 record while rushing for 734 yards and 7 scores on only 66 carries. For those wondering, that's an amazing 11.1 yards per carry. That includes a season high of 337 yards and 5 scores verse Kaufman the second week of the season.

Tucker was at it again last Friday in Chapel Hill's 51-12 victory over Quinlan Ford, even if it was just for one half of football. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder with 4.4 speed rushed the ball 7 times for 137 yards including a 71-yard scoring jaunt on the game's first play. The second time he touched the ball was on a punt return which he brought back for a score from 64 yards out. Not bad for the Homecoming King.

"My coach after halftime took me out," he said. "He didn't put me back in, but I scored on a punt return and on the first offensive play. But I didn't touch the field in the third or fourth quarters."

Now you may wonder why his family has a front door to their home from all the college programs that should be beaten it down. Tucker does have reported offers from programs such as TCU, Arkansas and Kansas and is getting interest from schools such as UTEP, Baylor, and Missouri among others.

"I really don't know if I have any more offers," Tucker said. "But my head coach has said that I have but I haven't asked him about them yet. I'll probably ask him Monday though."

Two schools that Tucker has maintained his interest in throughout the process is TCU and Arkansas. Do those two schools remain atop his list of favorites?

"Yes sir, they're at the top," he said. "I don't prefer one over the other. TCU is still heavily recruiting me, Coach Anderson. I haven't watched their games but I know how they're doing because the coaches tell me how they're doing."

Tucker says depth chart and facilities are two primary criteria he's looking at in the decision making.

"I'm looking at the players and who all is in front of me and I'm looking at facilities."

Does it matter if a school already has other kids committed at your position?

"No sir," Tucker said.

Like other prospects, Tucker is busy helping his team get W's while also trying to schedule visits to different universities. He has a few planned in the coming weeks.

"I'm probably going up to UTEP in El Paso this week," Tucker said. "Then I'm going up to Missouri for a visit."

As for an official decision, Tucker says he would like to see more schools and hopefully will have his destination known by the end of his senior season.

"By the time the season is over, I should have one."

With TCU and Arkansas neck and neck, will he catch a glimpse of the top 25 matchup this week between the Frogs and OU?

"Yes sir!"

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