Friday, January 24, 2014
Scout's take: Tucker brings mean streak
By Craig Haubert
Stanford landed another perfect fit on Thursday in Under Armour All-American offensive tackle Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton). Read below to see what our scouts think of the Cardinal's new commit:
What he brings: Tucker possesses good size and ability, but one of the aspects of his game that can stand out is the edge he plays with. He can be a tough and physical player who punishes defenders and finishes blocks. While we like his demeanor, Tucker is more than just a tough guy. He has very good size, with a frame that can continue to be developed further with time in a college strength and conditioning program. With his combination of size, ability and tenaciousness, he can be very effective in the running game. He can get into a defender and deliver a nice pop, with the ability to roll his hips at contact and drive his knees and generate push off the ball. In pass protection, he is capable of protecting the edge. He can deliver a good punch and lock on and keep rushers in front of him.
How he fits: This is a nice fit for a program that has built a strong reputation for recruiting and developing offensive linemen. The tenacious ESPN 300 lineman can develop into an asset for what has been consistently one of the top rushing attacks in college football. While an immediate need as a starter might not present itself, the Cardinal have offensive packages that can utilize multiple offensive linemen, which could lead to Tucker contributing early.
Who he reminds us of: Tucker reminds us of another Arizona prospect, Taylor Lewan, who went on to have a very successful career at Michigan. What comes to mind to link these two is their nasty disposition, as both look to enjoy and even thrive on the physical aspect of the game and play with a mean streak. Lewan has been in trouble at times because of his aggressiveness, and Tucker will need to work as well to make sure he keeps his emotions in check. But these two come to play and can make life miserable for opponents.
How the class is shaping up: The Cardinal did see an ESPN 300 prospect decommit in Nifae Lealao (Sacramento, Calif./Capital Christian), but overall the good far outweighs the bad this past week. Stanford strengthened its offensive class with a recent commitment from tight end Dalton Schultz (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham) and now add Tucker to the mix. This class now features a top five OT, the No. 3 pocket passer and the No. 1 TE-Y. The class is not void of defensive talent with prospects such as safety Brandon Simmons (Arlington, Texas/Timberview). The Cardinal made a recent move up in the class rankings and with the recent additions they remain in the hunt for the top class in the Pac-12 as signing day approaches.