Tucker is a Spartan

Athlete Thomas Tucker

After taking a visit to the Spartans' campus, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly athlete Thomas Tucker has committed to San Jose State...

Over the summer, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly athlete Thomas Tucker picked up an offer from San Jose State and found it difficult not to commit on the spot.

"I was really close to committing to the program after they offered me this summer. I just wanted to sit on it and make a visit before I committed," he said.

Thomas was eventually able to visit the Spartans' campus and really enjoyed the opportunity to explore both the school and the football program.

"It was pretty cool up there; I like the family environment. The head coach, Mike MacIntyre, was really cool. I like him a lot really liked the University's campus; that's one of the things I liked the most.

"The practice facilities are awesome; the weight room is really up to par and the way that the coaches and the students reacted to me was pretty awesome," he said.

Tucker's recruitment was spearheaded by defensive backs coach Charles Clark, who played a large role in the 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect's commitment.

"He's like a father figure," Tucker said of Clark. "He's someone that I can go to about things; he's more than a coach."

The athlete plays on both sides of the ball for the Jackrabbits and says he'll likely end up on the defensive side in college, though nothing is certain.

"I'm going in there as an athlete, but I think Coach MacIntyre wants to see me at the defensive back position. I'm not too sure yet. I'll know once I get up there," he said.

He's also not quite sure if he'll see the field in his first season, but is ready to put in the effort to make an early impact.

"The coaches haven't told me yet if I'll be playing as a true freshman or if I'll redshirt. It's kind of 50-50 right now. It depends on how much I practice," he said.

Tucker, who plans on taking his official visit on December 7th, has enjoyed watching his future team play this season and has come away impressed, naming defensive end Travis Johnson, receiver Noel Grigsby, and quarterback David Fales as standout players.

"They don't fall apart as a team. If something goes bad during a game, they really come together as a team. Also, their offense has been putting up a lot of points, which I like that about them. They are trying to make a statement and I think they have been,"he said.

With his commitment behind him, Tucker is continuing to work hard to help Poly on the team's quest for a state championship despite a difficult start to the season.

"It was rough early in the season. I've been struggling with an injury the whole season, so I haven't had the chance to play healthy yet; I got hurt in the first game with turf toe. I've just been trying to get healthy so I could be one hundred percent for the playoffs," he said.

Tucker has been busy rehabbing and is looking forward to taking the field this weekend in the second round of playoffs versus Mission Viejo (Calif.).

"I've been doing plenty of icing. I've been icing so much. I've also been doing drills with the trainers and have made sure to stay in shape doing cardio," he said.

Tucker was also a team leader this season and says he's proud of how the Jackrabbits came back from a few early losses to make it this far.

"I think it was all the doubters we had that really pushed us to become a better team and get together as a family. No one believed in us; we only believed in ourselves. I think that was our main motivation, to prove the doubters wrong and show them that Poly is back," he said.

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