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As a defensive lineman, Tucker wreaked havoc on offensive lines all across the state. He tallied 97 total tackles and a team-leading 30 tackles for loss. En route to second-team all-state defensive honors, Tucker recorded 11.5 sacks. He says the reason to play varsity football was easier when he talked to Tanner and the South coaching staff. Now, he goes to Glenville State and is studying Education.
“That was not a normal thing, especially when I didn’t play my junior year. That’s when people were being put on the board,” Tucker said of being signed despite not playing until his senior year. “I’m very lucky to have the coaches I do. I got lucky, and I’m glad I get to keep playing. I went and talked to (Tanner) and I said I didn’t know what to do. I’d played football forever and I was playing basketball and that I like it. He said to come give it a shot and lift with us. I’d come to his house at 5:30 in the morning, and we’d start lifting at 6. You would think lifting at 6 a.m. isn’t fun, but man, we had a great time.”