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Clemson lands Rivals250 Tennessee OL Bryn Tucker

Bryn Tucker
Bryn Tucker

Class of 2020 Rivals250 offensive lineman Bryn Tucker has been turning heads on the national recruiting scene since his eighth grade year. Over the years he's collected offer after offer, with pretty much every power program in college football joining his list. But it was one of the last major offers that made the most impact on overall recruitment.

During a visit to Clemson in January, the Tigers joined Tucker's offer list and less than two months later, he put an end to his recruitment.

"Overall Clemson is the best fit for me and the best fit for my family and I'm proud to be a Tiger," Tucker told Rivals.com on Thursday. "I was ready to get the process over with and they have everything you need on and off the field."

Tucker said he went into that January visit with an open mind and walked away blown away.

"It feels good I had time to think about it," Tucker said. "Two months later I’m committed. That visit stuck out a lot and it’s been with me in my heart and my mind and I was just saying that this is the place I really want to go I might as well do it now. Whatever you feel in your heart do it. I'm happy right now."

Tucker said he and his family were taken with the approach of Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney, who pitched more than just football to the Tuckers.

"Dabo gave an whole hour speech about life and what they help to get you established as an adult and just listening to him speak and talk about that influenced me so much," Tucker said. "From the football aspect to the educational part to life after football, they have it all. Playing football is great but I'm big on my education and life besides football and I think Clemson can give me both."

On the field Tucker will get a chance to earn early playing time, and perhaps block for star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who will be a junior when Tucker arrives on campus.

"It's a big opportunity to have a chance to play with a guy like Trevor Lawrence," Tucker said. "But being a part of a program that wins and helps you in life is what I look for. Watching them with the national championship was amazing."

Tucker is the latest Knoxville Catholic prospect to head east to Clemson, following in the footsteps of Class of 2017 Rivals250 wide receiver Amari Rodgers.

"I talked to Amari a lot about Clemson," Tucker said. "He told me a lot about what they have to offer. He wasn't pressuring me but just talking to me and telling me how amazing it is and why he doesn't regret his decision to go there at all. Maybe we will get to play together if he doesn't leave early for the NFL."

Tucker, who plans to sign in December and enroll early in Jan. 2020, said he doesn't intend on taking any other visits besides to Clemson going forward. His main focus is now getting ready for his senior season and prepping for his college career.

"I'm already talking to Coach Caldwell several times a week about what I can do to get ready for Clemson," Tucker said. "We are building a great relationship and I'm looking forward to playing for him."

Tucker is commitment No. 9 for Clemson in the Class of 2020, five of which are offensive linemen.