Junior Safety Prospect Checks Out the Tigers

Kirk Tucker

Kirk Tucker made the trip from the Atlanta area to visit with Auburn's football coaches.

Tucker, Ga.--Class of 2014 football prospect Kirk Tucker made his first visit to the Auburn University campus on Saturday and now has the Tigers as a college of interest.

The 6-2, 185-pound junior at Tucker High School met with Auburn safeties coach Charlie Harbison and hung out with other members of Gus Malzahn's staff.

"We did a lot of eating and meeting with coaches," Tucker said. "It was very nice. We looked at the facilities. We talked about the academic areas and the majors. We talked about the new dorm. It is very nice.

"It was my first trip to Auburn and it was great," he said. "Coach "Cheese" Harbison is a great guy. I like the way he really explains stuff about how he ties football into family. All of the coaches are great."

Tucker doesn't have a scholarship offer yet from the Tigers, but noted that the SEC program certainly seems interested in him, a 6-2, 185-pounder with good speed. He said that Harbison let him know that safeties are a priority for Auburn in the 2014 signee class and showed the prospect how he could fit in with AU's 4-2-5 defensive system.

Asked how recruiting in general is progressing, Tucker said, "It is going very well. So far I have nine offers." He said the offers have come from Stanford, UConn, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Indiana, Syracuse, Ohio University, Arkansas and North Carolina State.

"So far my top teams are Stanford, Vandy, Louisville and add Arkansas in there since they are showing a lot of love, too," the prospect said.

Tucker pointed out that he didn't grow up as a fan of a particular program. "I am just a football player and I enjoy watching all good teams play," he said.

Tucker noted that he finished the 2012 season with 75 tackles and two interceptions at safety, his primary position. "I play a little bit of receiver, but my team runs the Wing-T so we aren't really throwing the ball much," he said.

A two-sport athlete at Tucker High, the safety is currently working out with the track team. He runs the 100 meters, the 200 and 4x100. "My 100 time right now is 11.4 seconds," he noted.

Asked what the best part of his game is as a football player, the safety said, "I can really deliver the blow and I can pick off balls. I am a ball hawk."

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