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Recruiting: 3-star DB O.J. Tucker is Commitment #10 in Georgia Tech’s 2017 Class

The Yellow Jackets add their third defensive back to the 2017 recruiting class shortly after the start of fall camp.

OJ Tucker
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Right on the heels of the start to fall camp late last week, Georgia Tech’s coaching staff got its tenth commitment from 3-star Florida DB O.J. Tucker.

As the tenth commitment in the class, Tucker becomes the third defensive back in the class, joining Jaytlin Askew and Dameon Williams. Tucker stands 6’0”, weighs in at 190 pounds, and comes from Vanguard High School in Ocala, FL. He commits to Georgia Tech over reported offers from Nebraska, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Iowa State, UCF, and more FBS programs.

Listed between 6’0” and 6’1” (depending on the site) and approaching 200 pounds, Tucker shows good size for a cornerback, which translates into good shows of strength when trying to knock wide receivers off of the line of scrimmage and when playing the ball on passes. He also displays pretty good ball skills in his junior highlights, bringing in interceptions off of tipped passes and knocking down passes from behind even when receivers have the positional advantage over him. One of my biggest questions about Tucker is his top-end speed, which on his highlights doesn’t make him particularly stand out against his high school competition.

With the numbers as they are and Tucker being the third defensive back to commit in this class, it’s unclear whether Tucker fits in as a cornerback or safety. With the current distribution of scholarships, it wouldn’t make sense to everyone slotted at cornerback (as the previous two commitments were, as as Tucker’s highlights show him playing pretty exclusively). Given his size and speed, my initial inclination would be that Tucker translates to the next level as a safety, but time will tell how that is sorted out.

Tucker is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals (5.5) and the 247Sports Composite (0.8455 — #2 in the class, currently).

Here’s how Georgia Tech’s current recruiting class looks after the addition of Tucker:

P Pressley Harvin III 6-0 230 Sumter, SC 3-star (5.5) 2-star (0.7965) 3/7/2016
OL Connor Hansen 6-2 320 Tallahassee, FL 2-star (5.4) 3-star (0.8154) 6/5/2016
LB TD Roof 5-11 202 Buford, GA 2-star (5.4) 3-star (0.8104) 6/6/2016
K Joseph Bulovas 6-0 205 Mandeville, LA 2-star (5.4) 3-star (0.8054) 6/10/2016
DB Dameon Williams 5-10 170 Norcross, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8422) 6/11/2016
DB Jaytlin Askew 5-9 170 Powder Springs, GA 3-star (5.7) 3-star (0.8646) 6/16/2016
OL Zach Quinney 6-6 260 Savannah, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8362) 7/19/2016
OL Demetris Harris 6-3 283 Jacksonville, FL 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8207) 7/25/2016
OL Michael Minihan 6-3 285 Honolulu, HI 2-star (5.4) 3-star (0.8265) 7/27/2016
DB OJ Tucker 6-0 190 Ocala, FL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8455) 8/6/2016

Congratulations to Tucker and his family, and to the Georgia Tech coaching staff!