Tucker, out of Washington DC, was ranked the No. 27 strongside linebacker in the Class of 2007 and originally committed to Virginia. However, he changed his commitment to Syracuse. He joined the Orange in 2008, after a year at prep school, but did not play.
Tucker was moved from linebacker to defensive end, and was listed third on the depth chart, in spring practice, but left Syracuse over the summer.
Back when Tucker was in high school in D.C., he was recruited by a number of major programs. One of those was Illinois, where his recruiting contact was Mike Locksley -- a Towson alum who is currently the head coach at New Mexico. Locksley and Ambrose were teammates at Towson in the early 90s. Could that connection have helped Ambrose land Tucker? It’s hard to say for sure, but it is a possibility.
As for Tucker’s impact on Towson this season, it’s hard to project. He’s not even listed on the team’s roster online yet, so who knows where he is in picking up the system. If he stays at DE, he’ll join a group that also features Boston College transfer Brady Smith. Smith had four sacks in Towson’s spring game, but hasn’t played since 2007, after being kicked off the team last year due to an indecent assault conviction.
Tucker could also end up at linebacker, where Dante Blakey is the only returning starter.
Wherever Tucker ends up on the field, he’s another good get for Rob Ambrose, who seems to be hitting the ground running in his first year back at Towson.