East St. Louis (Ill.) defensive tackle Clint Tucker committed to Kentucky Tuesday, giving the Wildcats their second huge commitment from the St. Louis area powerhouse. Illinois' top defensive back, safety Glen Faulkner, is also a Kentucky commitment.
"I love playing with Glen," Clint Tucker said. "And I love the facilities as Kentucky, I love the defense they run. I like that it is a program that I can help build instead of just going into a loaded program. From what the staff is telling me, I can hopefully go in there and start as a freshman."
Tucker said he is considering studying business at Kentucky, and wants to be an entrepreneur.
"It is a huge campus, something I love. I like big things, I like the feel of Kentucky. It is out there, but not to far from home. It has a nice academic program, nice facilities, and really nice stadium"
Wide receivers coach Tee Martin led Kentucky's recruitment of Tucker.
"He is a good coach, he has a really strong bond with players, and he has a great personality," Tucker said.
Tucker recently participated at the Columbus NIKE Football Training Camp, where he made a strong claim to be considered one of the very best interior defensive linemen in the Midwest.
"To be 300 pounds, I move fast as if I weigh 250," Tucker said. "I am strong, I have the best first few steps off the ball, and I am very versatile."
Tucker has helped the Flyers reach the top of Illinois High School football. In 2008, East St. Louis won the Illinois 7-A State Championship. Last season, they made the semifinals. This year, they return plenty of firepower, including Faulkner and Arkansas commitment Keante Minor.
"I have to get me another ring before I leave," Tucker said.
Tucker is Kentucky's ninth commitment in the class of 2011.