Another graduate transfer offensive lineman is on the radar of the Texas Longhorns, as ArizonaVarsity.com reported on Tuesday that Stanford Cardinal offensive tackle Casey Tucker has been granted another season of eligibility and will take a visit to Austin.
According to the report, Tucker, who sat out the 2017 season, will also visit Colorado and TCU.
The 6’6, 300-pounder was a three-year contributor for the Cardinal who played in five games as a freshman in 2014 before breaking into the starting lineup the following season. During that time, he was the starting right tackle before spending two games at left tackle and six games at right tackle in 2016.
Playing left tackle, Tucker struggled in pass protection, which forced his move back to the right side. He eventually missed time due to injury and didn’t play during the 2017 season, when there wasn’t much news on him.
In fact, Tucker’s Twitter account basically went inactive for more than a year with the exception of recruiting a trainer who welcome him to a boxing gym and a profile picture of him in uniform at Stanford that he posted on Saturday.
In terms of competition, Colorado returns a part-time starter at right tackle next season, while TCU lost three of our starters along the offensive line, including both tackles.
Since it’s questionable whether Tucker can effectively play the left tackle position, the Horned Frogs probably hold the edge in opportunity over the Longhorns. From the Texas perspective, Tucker was more highly regarded out of high school than Rice transfer Calvin Anderson, who is also a target for the ‘Horns — Tucker was a top-100 prospect ranked among the 10 best offensive tackles in the 2014 class. However, Anderson probably has the edge in pass protection, which is the biggest need for position coach Derek Warehime.
Still, the pursuit of Tucker makes sense and landing him would certainly improve the 2018 Longhorns offensive line.