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'05 GA LB Taalib Tucker (Georgia Tech signee)



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Taalib Tucker
Inside linebacker
East Point (GA)

Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 230 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds
Bench max: 405 pounds
Bench reps: 25
Squat max: 650 pounds
Vertical leap: 27 inches
GPA: 3.4
SAT: 840
'03 stats: 96 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions

Audibles: "Right now I am training as if I was already in college. I know that there will be a lot of talent wherever I go. I just want to go where I will have an opportunity to play. It’s just nice to know that I have been offered a scholarship and I have the opportunity to play college football." -Westlake LB Taalib Tucker

A big middle linebacker prospect that roams the edges for his high school. Has excellent strength and explosion. He did 30 reps of 185 at TheInsiders/MSL Combine in Atlanta, and he had a vertical leap of 34 inches at the same location. Had 96 tackles in only games last year as he missed the first half of the season with an injury.

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RECRUITING: Sooners visit Georgia LB
By James Hale
Date: Jun 23, 2004

Atlanta, Ga. linebacker Taalib Tucker update.


Taalib Tucker is one of those players that grows on you the more you watch him and the more you talk to him. Considered a very intelligent player, Tucker has grown into a solid MLB prospect and college coaches are beginning to take notice.

Tucker moved to Westlake from Columbus Hardaway where he started as a freshman at running back before moving to outside linebacker. As a sophomore at Westlake, Tucker started at outside linebacker and he remained as a starter last year. Injuries cost him almost half a season a year ago, but he still finished with 96 tackles, five sacks, two fumbles caused and one fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.

“I am being recruited more as an inside linebacker in college because of my size,” said Tucker. “I think I can play either inside or outside, but I think most colleges project me as an inside linebacker.”

Tucker can bench 405 pounds, squats 675 and he posted a 36 1/2 vertical jump. Tucker runs the 100M (10.78 ) and the 4X100 (anchor) on the Westlake track team. Tucker went to the Florida and Georgia Tech summer camp, and he hopes to visit Clemson and Ohio State this summer.

Tucker has three scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Florida and Eastern Kentucky. However, he feels many more are on the way.

“Right now Georgia Tech, Florida, Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State are my top five,” said Tucker. “I am working hard to keep my options open because I haven’t had a chance to talk to everybody yet.

"Oklahoma came to my school and I had a good talk to their coach. He was a great guy and he told me that they blitz a lot out of the defense that they run, and I know they always have one of the best defenses in the country. Oklahoma is definitely in my top five. Oklahoma has talked me about offering me, and I think the next time that I talk to them I think they will offer.”

Tucker has qualified.

He has offers from Florida and Gtech- but tOSU is his 3rd favorite and has been in contact- he hopes to visit tOSU in the next few weeks for an unofficial visit- his cousin went to tOSU- he wants to go to a school with a big city atmosphere



School, class: Westlake, senior

Position: Linebacker

Vital statistics: 6-1, 245

Just the facts: Played in team's last six games after missing several games with a knee injury. Registered 96 tackles, two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown. Also had an interception. GPA is 3.3; scored 840 on SAT.

Colleges: Has offers from Florida, Georgia Tech and Eastern Kentucky.

Interests: Architecture, music, meeting people and computers.
T-shirts or throwback jerseys: Throwback. They look better.

General comment on the season: "This team is capable of going all the way. We are going to play more as a team this season."
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He is "95%" sure that he is going to sign with Ga Tech, but he is still going to visit Columbus on the 28th. Despite the fact that we are probably the only other school that will get a visit, we are not 2nd on his list...that would be Spurrier and the Gamecocks.
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cltbuckeye said:
I don't want to hear any more crap from GT fans on how tough it is to get in there is he got in with lan 840 SAT.
There is a difference between getting an offer/committing to a school and subsequently getting admitted into the school. Ohio State's recent history comes to mind (Buckeye fans still want to see Dennis Kennedy in S&G...).

GT hasn't admitted him, yet, to my best knowledge. However, if they do, I'd agree with you 100%.

On a related note, I wonder if Notre Dame has ever admitted an athlete with similar credentials. Might come in handy for ND fans too...
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At some schools they will have the coach and academic counsoulers sit in on the admissions to "make a case" for an athelete. So don't be fooled that every athelete at GT is a 1200 SAT student. It is still harder than hell to get into. But just to make it easy he should just come on up to Columbus.
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diehardbuckeye said:
At some schools they will have the coach and academic counsoulers sit in on the admissions to "make a case" for an athelete. So don't be fooled that every athelete at GT is a 1200 SAT student. It is still harder than hell to get into. But just to make it easy he should just come on up to Columbus.
If the coaches have extra letters of intent to send out, they might as well send him one too. It's not like we are being limited by the likes of a Richard Washington.

Is this Diehard at all related to the diehard who morphed into Alan
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