There are only a few spots remaining in the 2014 Ohio State recruiting class, and while most of the names considering the Buckeyes are familiar to recruiting fans, Kirk Tucker, a defensive back from Tucker, Georgia has flown under the radar. Tucker is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound safety that holds offers from Ohio State, Stanford, Arkansas, Louisville, Vanderbilt and more confirmed with Eleven Warriors tonight that he's narrowed down his list to a final two: Ohio State and Stanford.
"(Ohio State and Stanford) have long traditions and that has really separated them from the other schools that have offered me," Tucker said about his final two. "Their medical programs and academics are among the best in the nation, which plays a very big part for me. I want to be able to go to a school that offers both good football and great academics. Ohio State and Stanford both offered those key qualities which really drew me closer to them in the end of this process."
It's been Ohio State's Everett Withers that has led the charge for Tucker, who could potentially be an outside linebacker in college. The Georgia star saw his interest in the Buckeyes ramp up a notch following his June 21st visit to Columbus.
"I've been talking to Coach (Everett) Withers in the whole month of June and a couple of weeks in July and he's been sending me hand written letters almost every week," he said of the Buckeye coach he's developed the best relationship with. "Coach Withers has talked to me about being a 'hybrid' player, someone that is able to drop back in coverage but also come off the edge on a blitz because that is what my highlights consists of. That's a key attribute that caught Ohio State's 'eye' as a coaching staff."
With less than 10 days before his decision, Tucker says he's still not sure which of his final two choices will get his commitment, he's continuing to sort out the details. He does know where and when he will make his choice, however.
"Right now I'm kind of equal on both schools," he said of his two choices. "I plan to give both schools a call to let them know about my plan to make my final decision on August 10th. My team is having a family cookout (next weekend) and I plan on making my final decision there. I want to have my whole team, coaches, and family members there to experience this big decision in my life, because without them I would not be in the position to make that choice. I still have to do some final research on both schools, looking at stuff like current recruiting classes and the rosters that are coming back."