A little over a month ago Tucker (Ga.) safety Kirk Tucker was like several players in the 2014 class, just waiting for his first offer to come in. How quickly things can change.
Stanford pulled the trigger on Jan. 15, and since then six other schools have followed suit, including N.C. State on Wednesday.
"Everything has been going great," Tucker said. "It started around the middle of January and since then everything has been rolling in. The whole process has been fun so far."
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With several schools contacting him on a daily basis, Tucker said he already has come early standouts.
"So far Stanford, Vanderbilt, Louisville and Arkansas are the schools standing out," Tucker said. "Arkansas and Vanderbilt are the ones pushing the most and trying get me to come out. [/tm]Auburn[/tm] is really pushing me too so I'm going to go there and check it out this weekend."
Tucker shared his thoughts on his early favorites.
Stanford: "I know they have a few hard hitters on defense. I really don't know too much about run they run scheme-wise. I know one of our players from Tucker, James Vaughters, plays for them and he told me he really loves it out there and the defense kind of reminds him of what we do at Tucker. That's all I really know right now."
Arkansas: "[Assistant] Coach [Taver] Johnson talks to me a lot of about Arkansas and how they're in need of a play-making safety so they can get back in the top of the SEC. Their defense hasn't been that great but coach feels that I could come in and help set the tone."
Louisville? "I've been watching them since the beginning of the season, and their quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, that's a magical man. Once I saw them play against Florida in the bowl game and how fast they were on defense, I could tell that they're not just athletes but they've been coached well. For them to hold a big SEC team down like that is really great to see. They're not scared to go against other big teams out of their conference and to see them come over like that and win it says something."
Vanderbilt: "[Defensive coordinator] Coach [Bob] Shoop and [defensive line] Coach [Sean] Spencer show a lot of love. Their defense is a really good defense. I like the way they play and how their safeties get around. Coach Franklin, that's a great guy. He doesn't play around and he's not fake about anything. When I went up with my mom and grandma he showed us love and it wasn't just because he wants me to come there. It was real genuine and that showed a lot, which made Vandy go up on my list. Also they have great academic programs and they have a great nursing program which is want to do when I'm done playing football."
While he continues to field interest from several schools, Tucker plans to visit Arkansas, Louisville and Stanford over the next few months. He also said he plans on making multiple trips to Vanderbilt because of the proximity to his home in the Atlanta area.