Virginia Tech is one of the first major Division 1A programs to extend a scholarship offer to 6-3, 280-pound defensive line prospect Dwight Tucker . Oviedo (FL) head coach Greg Register will not be surprised if more top 1A programs join the Hokies, as he feels his star is the real deal.
“He is going to be a monster,” Register said of Tucker. “We have two players playing for Florida (DE Clint McMillan and OL Corey Hobbs) and he fits that mold. Dwight is 6-3. The kid can move. He has a lot of ability. He is growing into his body – there is some fat on him now, but he’ll get that off.”
Register explained why Tucker’s recruitment may have gotten off to a slow start.
“If kids are serious about being recruited, they come to me and initiate their own recruiting process,” Register said. “Dwight was a little slow in starting that. Once his film gets out, he has the ability to get more offers. Tennessee called the other day. Virginia Tech offered. Duke has offered. Army has offered. He has some options already.”
At linebacker last season as a junior, Tucker tallied 51 tackles including 31 solo efforts. After adding 30 pounds this off-season, the talented prospect will switch positions for his senior season.
“He was a starting outside linebacker for us his sophomore and junior year. He was 250 pounds last year, but now he is 280 pounds,” Register said. “We’re going to play him at down tackle this year. He can play the one, two or three techniques.”
Though he will play defensive tackle this season, Tucker could get a look at defensive end on the next level.
“Some coaches are still looking at him as a defensive end,” Register said. “He is big enough to take on the lead blocks. He has great feet and great mobility.”
Tucker is not in a rush to make a college decision. Coach Register is not sure if Dwight will wait until after Oviedo’s season to make a decision, but one is not expected anytime soon.
“He is enjoying it,” Register said. “He is not going to hurry it. I think he would like to stay home if he can, but I also think he’ll wait for the best school for him with the best academic situation. He has a 3.8 grade point average.
“Right now, I think Virginia Tech is...
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