Memphis CB makes strong impression

Kyron Tucker

The Louisville coaches didn't know who Kyron Tucker was before last week's Senior Development camp but the Cardinals certainly knew all about the electric Memphis (TN) Ridgeway cornerback by camp's conclusion.

Kyron Tucker made a big impression on the Louisville coaching staff with his performance at last weekend's senior camp. Not only did Tucker prove the fastest defensive back in camp, winning the 40-yard dash competition, he also showed solid cover ability.

"It was fun and I had a great time," Tucker said. "What was so fun is they did a lot of one-on-one's. That's what I love. So I just really enjoyed myself. It wasn't a trip that we planned on making but I'm glad I came up with my parents."


Before camp, Louisville had no idea about Tucker, a 6-0, 175-pound defensive back. The Cards weren't recruiting Tucker and apparently didn't have him on their primary recruiting board. That could change after last weekend's camp performance.

"I came up there and they didn't know anything about me," Tucker said. "I caught the attention of a lot of their coaches. I talked to Coach (Antonio) Goss – the defensive back coach – and a lot of the other coaches. I remember Coach Goss because he was the one working with me and giving me pointers."

Tucker received positive feedback from Goss. "The only thing he told me to work on was when I jam (receivers) to back up a couple of steps so I can fully extend my arms," said Tucker. "He said everything else – my hips, speed and form were good."

Tucker hopes his performance will lead to an offer from Louisville. At a minimum, Tucker probably made his way onto the Cardinals recruiting board.

"After I won the 40-yard race, that's when Coach Goss started asking me questions about where I went to school and about Memphis," Tucker said. "Coach Goss gave me his number and told me to call him. He really kept asking me if I liked the campus so he can recruit me. And I had a couple of the Louisville players come up to me and try to sell the school to me. I talked to two twins (Isaac and Jacob Geffrad) who are safeties and I talked to one of their best receivers (Trent Guy). They could see the coaches liked me and told me if I get an offer I need to come there and commit because they liked the way that I played."

At this point, Tucker holds an offer from Memphis.

"That's my only offer right now," said Tucker.

Tucker is receiving interest from a host of schools, including Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Southern Illinois, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Auburn, Middle Tennessee, Marshall, Tulsa and Texas Tech. Tucker will attend camp at Auburn and Ole Miss later this month and is hoping to land more offers.

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