Texas A&M added to its 2013 recruiting class on Sunday when it scored a commitment from City College of San Francisco offensive tackle Jeremiah Stuckey.
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound prospect spent the weekend in College Station on an official visit to Texas A&M. The experience was significant enough for him to make a pledge and cancel previously scheduled visits to other schools that had offered him, including Mississippi and Oregon.
Recruited by linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt, Stuckey will have three years of eligibility left and four in which to play them, leaving the door open for a redshirt season if he needs it. The 18-year-old is the third offensive tackle prospect in the Aggies' 2013 class and GigEmNation's Sam Khan Jr. caught up with Stuckey to get his thoughts:
Sam Khan Jr: What were some of the high points of your visit?
Jeremiah Stuckey: "I really liked the whole community there and everything. I felt like everyone was really friendly and it could definitely be somewhere that I could go and fit in and feel welcome. That was a big thing. Another was being able to hang out with Luke Joeckel and being able to talk to him about school and everything and being a tackle and playing there and those kinds of things."
SK: With Joeckel and Jake Matthews both looking like attractive NFL draft prospects, is that something you took into consideration?
JS: "That definitely was a selling point. If both were to leave, they'll need a tackle to step in and I think that could be me if everything goes well."
SK: What kind of relationship did you have with linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt who first reached out to you and began to recruit you for the Aggies?
JS: "I just like him a lot and he seems like a good guy, a good coach. I just have a lot of respect for him."
SK: What did you think of the game-day atmosphere?
JS: "It was unreal. It was by far the biggest stadium I've ever seen. To think that I could be a part of that was amazing to me."
SK: What were some of the things you were looking for in a school?
JS: "The main thing I was looking forward to was being able to come in and have a good chance of playing. I love playing football and to go somewhere and just sit on the bench, that's not what I want to do. I want to actively be participating in the games and helping my team win."
SK: After getting the chance to talk and meet with offensive line coach B.J. Anderson, what did you think of him?
JS: "Just like coach Wallerstedt, he seems like a great guy and a good coach. I respect him a lot."
SK: How is your season, with you and your team playing in the Northern California Football Association championship game on Saturday?
JS: "We're 9-1 this season and we're going to be playing for the NorCal championship this weekend. As far as City College goes, as a junior college, it's as good as it gets."
SK: Playing in a spread offense there, does that help your comfort level coming into Texas A&M's offense?
JS: "Yeah, that's just another plus. Having four years to play three is good because if I have to learn a new system and it's tough then I'll have that extra redshirt year. But it's definitely a plus of being able to play in the same type of offense from my junior year of high school."