Jordan Tucker stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 337 pounds.
“I’ve been bigger than everyone else my entire life,” Tucker said.
That’s worked out well for him.
The 3-star prospect from Roswell (Ga.) has played left tackle since his first season of football when he was seven years old.
“They put me on the o-line and I haven’t switched from the position ever since,” Tucker said.
The nation’s 75th-ranked offensive tackle has been heavily recruited since his junior season at Roswell High, visiting Tennessee three times before committing to the Vols during the excitement of ‘Orange Carpet Day’ in June.
Tucker, who heard from UT offensive line coach Don Mahoney “almost everyday,” chose the Vols over more than a dozen schools, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisville, Illinois and Missouri. Tucker still hears from the in-state Georgia Bulldogs fairly regularly, but Tennessee “is just a better fit,” he said.
Five things to know
1. He respects the Vols family atmosphere: “Tennessee is not just about football. It’s about building relationships. It’s not just about how you do in football. It’s about how you’re going to live life and they help you get prepared for that.”
2. He’s solidly committed to Tennessee but will take other visits this fall: “Tennessee is great, but to expand my horizons I do feel like I should take other officials if I get other chances to do so.”
3. He loves the water: “During the dead week (this summer), I went on a vacation to the Bahamas with my family. It was a great time. We just got back. We did everything. Swim. Snorkeled. (Fished).”
4. He has a creative outlet: “I love to write. I like to write a lot. In my free time if I have something on my mind I’ll just write it down. Free verse, whatever. Nine out of 10 times it’s about football or basketball or something I love doing athletically.”
5. He wants to get a ring this fall: “We went to state last year. We were 14-0 and lost in the state championship to Colquitt County. We fell short, but we feel like we can do it this year. The way our team has been coming together, I really think we can do it.”
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Jesse Simonton covers Tennessee football and recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and SECCountry.com