Shane Tucker to decide after OV's

2013 RB Shane Tucker

Although he's being recruited on both sides of the ball, Shane Tucker will make his decision based on the offer that's best for his future. The senior running back discusses the offers on the table and the official visits he'll take in the weeks to come.

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With his offer list growing, Shane Tucker is waiting until after his official visits to announce his college decision.

"Some schools are recruiting me as a running back," Tucker explained, "and some are recruiting me as a strong safety."

Because he excels on both sides of the ball, Tucker says his future position won't affect his decision.

"My decision will depend on how the college coaches want to use me; but I don't have a problem either way," Tucker said. "I love running the ball, but I have a better chance to make it to the NFL on the defensive side of the ball.

"I feel that I can play strong safety as well as I can play running back," Tucker continued. "It won't play a role in my decision."

According to Tucker, he currently holds offers from Louisville, Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky. The 6-foot, 210 pound senior says he has also been recruited by Auburn, Kentucky, Memphis and North Carolina.

"I believe that I can be a great teammate on and off the field," Tucker said of his future team. "I work hard. I'll push my teammates so they can be the best they can be. I'll also push myself to become the best I can be.

"In the recruiting process, many coaches have told me that I wouldn't even have to play football in order to contribute."

While Tucker graciously accepts that praise from college coaches, he will wait until taking his remaining official visits before narrowing down his options.

"Once I see what I'm looking for, I'll commit," Tucker explained. "After all of my official visits, I'll make that decision. It may be before signing day, but it'll be after my official visits."

Tucker has official visits scheduled to Louisville on January 18th and to Middle Tennessee on February 1st.

"I've never been to [either school]," Tucker said of his upcoming trips. "At Louisville, I want to see the campus and see how the returning players feel. I know they have a great group of guys who have just won a BCS bowl.

"I just want to see what Louisville has to offer. I don't know a lot about it yet."

While Tucker says he is "still debating" on scheduling other official visits, Louisville and Middle Tennessee are the only two dates that have been set. Recommended Stories

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