4-Star DE Cuts List to 10

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Tony Tucker , a 4-star LB/DE prospect out of St. John’s College School in Washington, D.C., has narrowed his list of suitors to 10. The 6-2, 225-pound standout lists the remaining schools in contention and discusses which programs he would like to visit. Did Virginia Tech make the cut?

“I’ve narrowed it down to 10,” Tucker said. “They are North Carolina, V-Tech, Boston College, Pitt, Maryland, Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and USC. I have offers from all of those schools except for Southern Cal. The only reason I’m considering them is because I have family in California.

“I really want to narrow it down more pretty soon. [Yesterday] I had 20 letters in the mailbox. It’s too much. I’m going to try my best to narrow it down to five.”

Tucker has never made a visit to Virginia Tech, but the Hokies are a team that interests him.

“I want to get the chance to see them,” Tucker said. “I know for a fact that I want to get down for a visit so I can see a game. I want to find out more about them – the positions they have, the academics and how I would fit in as a student for the next four years of my life. Virginia Tech’s pretty high on my list because I’m a big fan of their defense. I talked to the head coach back when they could call. And I also talked to Coach Wiles and the defensive coordinator. They’ve been sending me handwritten letters and showing me a lot of love.”

Asked if there were other programs he knew he wanted to visit, Tucker had three schools in mind.

“Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Clemson,” Tucker answered. “I like all of those defenses. Defense is something I’m definitely going to look at.”

Tucker, who is being recruited by most schools as an outside linebacker or defensive end, earned second-team all-conference and second-team all-area honors for his junior season performance at the defensive end/outside linebacker position. He tallied 65 tackles including 17 tackles-for-loss and 12 sacks.

The DC standout is trying to focus on his senior season right now, but admits it is tough with the recruiting process going on as well.

“It’s going to be rough for me,” Tucker said with a laugh. “I’m going to be playing football and figuring out where I’m going for college. I’m going to stay focused on my team right now, though, and kind of put college on the back burner.”

Tucker is anxious to begin his senior season. His team fell in the