Class of 09: Matt Tucker

Class of 09: Matt Tucker

Defense was a key to Aurora Grandview's 2007 Colorado 5A state title and no player was more important to that D than 6-3 190 pound safety Matt Tucker.

Last season on the way to a 5A state title, the Grandview Wolves played an aggressive brand of defense that jammed as many people as possible in the box and then got after offenses.  On the march to the state title, Grandview allowed only sixteen points a game, including six games where their opponent scored seven points or less. For this to work as well as it did, numerous athletes were needed and none was more important than free safety Matt Tucker.  Playing at seven yards off the ball, Tucker was asked to be a linebacker, cover man to man, take the pitch, blitz and get over the top in certain situations.  He did all of these and did them well.

 

Tucker's game consists of all the skills needed to be a very good safety at the next level.  On the field, Tucker is an instinctual player who can diagnose a play, get there quick and make a tackle.  One of his skills that is apparent, is open field tackling.  In a one on one situation in space he can make the play.  This is crucial for a safety, if they miss the other teams scores.  At times Tucker drops his head and dives or gets grabby, but this should get corrected making him a more physical tackler.  Another skill Tucker has, is the ability to take on and defeat blockers to make tackles.  At the next level this will be very important as safeties are asked more and more to play close to the line of scrimmage.

 

Tucker's skills did not go unnoticed and savvy talent evaluator, Dennis Erickson, head coach of Arizona State offered early and received a commitment from Tucker.  It is very easy to project and picture Tucker patrolling the field at safety in the Pac 10.  Currently, Tucker is 6-3 190 pounds and has a great frame that could easily allow him to be in the 220 pound range relatively soon.  But that is in the future, currently, Tucker and his Grandview squad are focusing on a shot at back-to-back state titles.  With the return of Tucker as well as other talented players, those thoughts could become a reality by December of next season.

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