HOUSTON — Derrick Tucker holds offers from some of the top schools in the country, but one continues to elude him.
That’s right: “DBU.”
Tucker, the nation’s No. 8 safety, boasts offers from the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, but continues to wait on LSU.
However, it appears as if it’s merely a waiting game until that offer comes to fruition, according to Tucker, who expects things to change come the Tigers’ spring game on April 16.
“I’ve been talking to (Linebackers) Coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto daily for a month now,” Tucker told SEC Country Sunday at Nike’s “The Opening” regional event in Houston.
“He’s been hitting me up real strong and I’ve been chopping it up a lot with him lately. He told me when I come visit, there’s going to be an offer … guaranteed. I’m going to the spring game and I’m going to try and get it.”
The four-star safety out of Manvel High School (Texas) made no secrets about how he felt about LSU either.
Wearing purple and gold shorts at Sunday’s camp, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder gushed over the notion of one day suiting up for LSU — even if the school was late to extend an offer his way.
“It would mean a lot. It would change a lot of stuff and put them up there high on that list,” said Tucker, whose list of top schools currently features Alabama, Ole Miss, Texas, TCU and Houston.
“They would fall at the top. They wouldn’t be at the bottom at all. They’ve been my dream school since I was little. I’ve waited a bit, though, and it’s not early anymore.”
Perhaps the offer will be worth the wait for Texas’ No. 15-rated prospect.
The Tigers are gunning for some of the nation’s premier safety prospects, including fellow four-star Texan Grant Delpit and four-star Louisiana safety Todd Harris.
Still, Tucker remains devoted to earning the offer from LSU over the next few weeks and has the April 16 spring game circled on his calendar.
It’s what the prized safety has been waiting for to help him reach his ultimate goal.
“It’s ‘DBU’ so I bet they’re looking at a whole lot of (defensive backs), and I understand there are a lot of people to look at,” a humble Tucker stated. “I’m just a late-bloomer then, but I’m hungry now, though. And they’ve got a history of putting (defensive backs) in the league. That’s my goal — to get through college and get to the league, and I think (LSU) can take me there.”