June 17, 2008

Tucker maintains commitment to ASU solid

A recent internet report indicated that Arizona State's first commitment of the 2009 class, Aurora (Colo.) Grandview standout Matthew Tucker, was open to being recruited by other schools. Tucker called ASUDevils.com on Tuesday to provide clarity and explain his current thoughts on his recruitment.

Tucker's current stated position is that his willingness to continue to be recruited by schools is more about a desire to be considered a high profile prospect than any real possibility he would choose to attend a program other than Arizona State.

"The reason I don't have a problem being recruited -- it's tough to explain -- but it's more about the rankings for Rivals and all that stuff," Tucker said. "You seem better based on the looks you get from all the colleges. I mean, in a way it doesn't matter because you have to prove it on the field. But if I never got another letter, my heart would be content because I'd still have ASU and I'm very happy."

Tucker said that a meeting he had with Colorado that occurred after his commitment to ASU took place primarily because he'd already agreed to the visit.

"I was talking to coach Erickson and I told him after I committed to ASU that I had already arranged a meeting with CU so I wasn't going to back out of that," Tucker said. "I was still going to talk to the coaches and tell them about the commitment but they had already found out on the internet.

"CU asked if I'd still be interested in them recruiting me. I said, 'Yeah, it's not going to hurt anything, but I gave coach Erickson my word that I'm going to come to ASU.' My No. 1 pick is ASU. I still am fine with being recruited but no school can change my mind."

Though he has not picked up any significant offers since his decision to commit to ASU, Tucker said that even if big name schools came calling, it still likely would have no bearing in his recruitment.

"At this point not really because I already talked to coach Erickson, I told him where I want to go," Tucker said. "USC, Texas, all those schools, they're definitely big colleges but I already told coach Erickson that ASU is where I want to be so that's where I'm going to prove myself on the field."

Tucker said his sister, a sophomore at Grandview, has been interested in attending ASU since even before the Sun Devils began to recruit him, and as a result, their family has begun to look at real estate in the area.

Following the team's football camp at Colorado State, Tucker and Grandview are looking to repeat as 5A state champions. Last season, the 6-foot-2, 190 pound safety had 80 tackles, five interceptions, nine pass breakups and three fumble recoveries.

Tucker, a cousin of ASU operations assistant Devin Brunson, became ASU's first commitment of the class on March 21.

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