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Monday, April 22, 2013
ESPN 150 OT Tucker decommits from USC

By Blair Angulo

ESPN 150 offensive tackle Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) has decommitted from USC, high school coach Steve Belles said in a text message.

Tucker committed to the Trojans on July 18, 2012, but recently gained significant interest from the likes of Alabama and LSU. It was a decision that had been developing for months.

In an interview last month with WeAreSC, Tucker also noted the aggressive push from nearby Arizona State, as well as Stanford, Texas A&M and UCLA over the last couple of weeks.

Tucker, the top-rated prospect in Arizona and No. 5 overall offensive tackle in the ESPN rankings, visited the USC campus for a game last season, which at the time strengthened his commitment, he said. But the 6-foot-6, 290-pound athlete reciprocated a high interest from other schools and finally decided to fully open his recruitment.

Tucker has a strong relationship with assistant coach James Cregg and won't eliminate USC from consideration, but the Trojans will have to keep pushing to regain one of the most coveted linemen in the West region.

USC still has commitments from two other offensive linemen in the 2014 recruiting class: guard Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra) and Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./Country Day School). Tucker had been the third lineman to commit to the Trojans, following Poland and Lobendahn. Other local options include guards Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial).