Virginia Tech hosted 6-2, 275-pound senior defensive lineman Dwight Tucker this past weekend on an official visit, and it was Tucker’s first ever experience in Blacksburg. The Oviedo (FL) product, hosted over the weekend by freshman defensive tackle Kwamaine Battle, arrived on Friday.
“When I got there, they showed me around the school. They showed me the academic area and where I would go to study hall. They showed me the weight room,” Tucker said. “Then, I had a chance to eat dinner with the coaches. I met all of them. On Saturday, we ate dinner in the President’s box in the stadium. For the most part, I just hung out with the players and coaches all weekend. The team had a run through on Saturday and I got to meet the whole team, which was a plus.”
Tucker discussed how he felt at Virginia Tech.
“Actually, it was pretty cold, but Blacksburg is a small town like mine so I felt like I fit in pretty good,” Tucker said.
Before leaving on Sunday, Tucker met with head coach Frank Beamer.
“Coach Beamer talked to me about their academic levels and how they handle academics there,” Tucker said. “He likes that I’m interested in them and he says he will keep in touch with me. I told him I was going to go to Tennessee on January 11th for an official visit. We had a good understanding.”
Tennessee and Virginia Tech are currently the two favorites to land Tucker, a versatile prospect who could play end or tackle on the next level. Florida was expressing interest recently as well, however Tucker, who did not name a favorite, is currently leaning towards leaving the state.
“I’m not very interested in Florida,” Tucker said. “They tried to talk to me, but I’m not going to put myself out there. I’m trying to leave the state, to go to a new place.
“My mom is still trying to talk me into taking a couple more visits, but for now [Tennessee and Virginia Tech] are the two schools I’m considering. I want to see Tennessee and then compare the two. If I need to take more visits, I’ll figure it out at that time.”
After a solid senior season, Tucker has been selected to play in the Central Florida all-star game. The East/West game will be played this Thursday at Lake Brantley.
“It is a big deal,” Tucker said. “And I get to play another high school game, which...
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