Tucker Reflects on Second Official Visit

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Following an official visit to the University of Pittsburgh, 6-2, 225-pound St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) defensive end/linebacker prospect Tony Tucker has decided he is done with official visits…well, at least for the month of December. TechSideline.com caught up with the four-star prospect, who discussed his recent visit to Pitt as well as his previous official to Virginia Tech.

“It was real nice,” Tucker said of Pitt. “I went with my mother. She was really impressed with the academics. I mean, she was really impressed with it. Pitt caught her eye as far as academics. I was impressed with the academics too, but I was also impressed with the football program and what the head coach has been able to do with it. At Pitt, lots of people speak highly of the head coach. And it’s not bad that you’re right beside the defending Super Bowl champions.”

Tucker talked about his comfort level with the players and coaches.

“I was real comfortable with them,” Tucker said. “I try to find out if I’m comfortable with the class coming in, because those are the guys I’d play with. I like to see if I’m comfortable with the incoming class. I liked the guys who were there. I could see myself playing with them.”

Tucker was asked to compare the experience at Pitt with the one at Virginia Tech.

“It is real hard to compare which one is best,” Tucker answered. “I liked Virginia Tech’s support system with the fans and the tutors. They have great spirit and I admire their defense as well. I saw a little bit of the academic side while I was there, but it was tough to see all of it when a football game was going on that weekend. Their recruiting coach (Billy Hite) is supposed to be coming over next week, so he’ll show me the academic side.

“Pitt has really good academics. There is just something about Pitt. I’m real comfortable with the head coach. Both schools are really, really good schools. I’m not lying when I say this is going to be the toughest decision I’ve had to make.”

Georgia Tech recently indicated to Tucker that they had run out of scholarship spots for him, so the Yellow Jackets are out of the running. Up next in terms of official visits is a trip to Clemson the second weekend in January. Tucker also has set up an official visit to Maryland for the third weekend in January. A fifth