Casey Tucker to Stanford: Cardinal Land 4-Star OT Prospect

Tim KeeneyContributor IJanuary 24, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

After months of speculation, Casey Tucker, one of the best offensive linemen prospects in the country, has officially made his decision. 

According to, the Chandler, Ariz., native is headed to Stanford:

Chandler Hamilton senior Casey Tucker, the state’s most coveted offensive lineman, finally made a decision everybody has been waiting for since Arizona State took on Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game.

Tucker announced on Twitter on Thursday night that he has committed to Stanford.

Per 247 Sports' composite rankings, the 6'6", 270-pound Tucker is the 82nd-ranked prospect, the seventh-best offensive tackle and the No. 2 recruit out of the state of Arizona in the 2014 class. 

He originally committed to Lane Kiffin and USC, but pulled out of that decision in April. His final choice eventually came down to Stanford and their opponents in the Pac-12 Championship, Arizona State/Stanford. 

David Shaw and his staff have gotten themselves a gem—Tucker, an Under Armour All-American, has an impressive blend of size, strength, athleticism and, perhaps most importantly, a willingness to work hard and get better.

Where exactly he lines up still might be up for debate—ESPN's scouting report (subscription needed) says it wouldn't be surprising "to see him move to inside guard"—but no matter where he fits, he'll be able to positively impact both the passing and running games. 

247 Sports ranks him an eight out of 10 in pass blocking and six out of 10 in run blocking, although with his physicality and toughness, the latter should continue to improve once he gets on campus and begins to refine his game with collegiate practices. 

Tucker missed six weeks of his senior season with an ankle injury but got healthy in time to help take Hamilton to the state championship.

The big lineman is the complete package, and his new team has an anchor in the trenches for at least the next three years.