Boston College High senior defensive end/tight end Adam Tucker has committed to UMass as a preferred walk-on for the 2016 season, he announced Thursday evening on his Twitter account.
Tucker missed nine games during 2015 season with a broken clavicle, an injury he suffered during warm-ups prior the Eagles’ third game of the season, a loss to Andover.
The Eagles co-captain said that missing most of the season made being able to find a school like UMass that much more special.
“I am lucky I found such a great combination of academics, coaches, and football at a school so close to home,” Tucker said. “The UMass coaches have given me the opportunity to make a dream that I have had almost every day since the time I played youth football a reality. I’m ready to work hard and control what I can. The rest will fall into place.”
Tucker, a Marshfield resident, said during the injury he did his best to keep his head high and focus on getting better.
“Missing the year was tough, because you want to win your senior year more than anything,” said Tucker. “That comes before stats or recruiting. Not being able to stand with my teammates was discouraging. But I had a lot of great people in my corner who supported me through the low points. There are some things you can control and there some things you can’t. So, I simply worked as hard I could to get better strength and speed wise. The rest of the recruiting process felt into place.”
Tucker said he also had talks with Bentley, Bryant, Fordham, and Stonehill before deciding on UMass.