Despite leading his team to a state championship game while playing both running back and wide receiver, 3-star Memphis (Tenn.) University running back Shane Tucker found scholarship offers hard to come by during the regular season.
But now that his senior tape is starting to make the rounds, the scholarship offers are starting to roll in. His latest came on Thursday, courtesy of Louisville, and is his biggest thus far.
"Today I just picked up a big offer from Louisville," said Tucker, who also has offers from Kentucky, Memphis, Arkansas State, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. "I'm just staying patient with the process."
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Tucker, who has also been hearing from Tennessee, North Carolina and Ole Miss since the dead period ended, said the offer from the Cardinals means a lot to him.
"I know the program is headed in the right direction and next year they'll be a top 10-15 team," he said. "Form them to take a chance one someone like me who they think can help their program means a lot. I'm going to compete and work hard every day. I'm just glad and blessed to have the opportunity."
While he waits to see how recruiting boards shake out with the Rebels, Vols and Tar Heels, Tucker is holding off on scheduling his official visits. Right now, he's planning on visit Louisville, MTSU and Memphis.
"I know I have a few weeks left and I'm trying to see how everything plays out," Tucker said. "After I take my visits I'll make a decision but it will probably be in February."
Tucker said all the schools he's talking to like him at running back, but also rave about his versatility and pass-catching ability out of the backfield.
"I'm going to play running back and they all talk about my ability to catch the ball," the 6-foot, 208-pound Tucker said. "I had 53 catches this year so they know I can line up in the slot and create mismatches. I'm a big guy but I still have my speed and I can get into space and make plays."
As many uncommitted players settle on a school over the next weeks, Tucker said he expects his already busy phone to keep ringing with coaches looking to add him late.
"It seems like everybody wants me and they're all calling," Tucker said. "They're trying to get him with their program and everyone has been showing me love."