Maryland Turns Tucker's Head?

Tony Tucker

Tony Tucker confesses he wasn't too enthusiastic about the prospect of becoming a Maryland Terrapin when the Terps staff offered his a scholarship last year. But an hour-long sitdown with coach Ralph Friedgen and a couple of creative recruiting props seem to have grabbed the four-star defensive end's opinion this week.

Tony Tucker (St. John’s College High School/D.C.), the 18th-ranked defensive end in the country, met with Friedgen Wednesday night and came away very impressed. He had a great time chatting with the Fridge and got a kick out of seeing his highlight video on one big-screen TV, while another TV was emblazoned with message to the effect of, “Come to Maryland and be a hometown hero!”

“I was pretty impressed with that, I didn’t know they wanted me that bad,” said Tucker, who has a list of 10 schools for consideration -- Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

He said he and Friedgen talked about all the normal things a coach and a recruit talk about, and that he came away impressed – as seemingly every recruit does.

“We kicked back for about an hour and talked about all kinds of stuff, like bowl games and lots of other things,” he said. “It was nice. They took me all around and people showed me a lot of love.”

Tucker doesn’t expect to make a decision until late in the season or thereafter, but the foregone conclusion that he’d eventually be eliminating the Terps no longer exists.

“At first I wasn’t very high on Maryland,” he said. “But after taking my unofficial visit and [learning more], I’m really considering Maryland.”

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