'13 LB/DE Caleb Tucker: Coach's Corner

Caleb Tucker

The Ouachita (Parish) High School Lions from Monroe (La.) have plenty of talent returning from last year's team, which reached the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Go inside as OPHS head coach discusses '13 OLB/DB Caleb Tucker, who has four offers.

Ouachita head coach John Carr would love to have a roster full of players like Caleb Tucker, the '13 hybrid DE/OLB who holds four scholarship offers.

"I've never seen - in all of my years coaching - a player who loves the game of football more than Caleb Tucker," said Carr. "From the weight room, to the meetings, to college - he can name all the college players on all the teams - Caleb loves every aspect of the game."

Carr says Tucker has four offers: from Southern Miss, Tulane, Louisiana Tech and Washington. The Huskies from the Pac-12 have rarely recruited Louisiana prospects, although Washington offered Calvary Baptist RB Brandon Wilson from the '12 class (Wilson signed JUCO).

"Washington is Caleb's biggest offer," said Carr. "He should get more later on."

Which position - defensive end or outside linebacker - does Carr project Tucker (6-2, 225) to man on the next level?

"On film you'll see he's primarily a defensive end for us, but I believe colleges will try him standing up at outside linebacker when they see how he can run," said Carr. "Caleb is a great rush guy who will fit in well as an outside linebacker in college."

In 2011, Ouachita completed the season with a 9-3 mark. Tucker and the Lions' defense held half of their opponents to single-digit scoring, including a 24-7 victory over Evangel Christian, a Shreveport-based private school known for having a high-octane offense.

Ouachita also came very close to beating Neville in a week three, non-district, cross-town battle. The Lions were edged by the Tigers, 34-29. Neville ended the year unbeaten (14-0) and captured the 4A state crown for the second time in three years.

The Lions also dropped another heartbreaker in a 17-14 district loss to eventual 5A state champion West Monroe.

"We have the bulk of our offensive line and our starting running back coming back," said Carr, whose roster also boasts blue-chip '14 OL Cameron Robinson. "We just have to find someone to replace Quentin (senior QB and District MVP Quentin Wheeler)."

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