If there has been one constant to Stanford football over the past five years, it has been dominant offensive line play, and the signing of Casey Tucker out of Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, will allow the Tunnel Workers Union to keep tunneling full speed ahead.
Tucker initially committed to USC, but eventually backed away from the Trojans and narrowed his college choices down to two, deciding between Stanford and his father's alma mater, Arizona State. When he chose the Cardinal three weeks ago, Tucker turned down not just the Trojans and Sun Devils but more than a dozen other schools, including Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and UCLA.
Universally acknowledged as one of the top prep offensive linemen in America, Tucker is ranked as the fifth-best tackle by Rivals.com. He's already an imposing figure at 6'6" and 280 pounds, but after spending some time under the watchful eye of Stanford strength and conditioning guru Kyle Turley, Tucker could develop into the next in the long line of All-American offensive linemen to wear the Cardinal and White.
There may be flashier signings for Stanford today, but none will be more important than this one.