Working the Angles

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Apr 13, 2007
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


Dewitt Stuckey already attended junior days at UCLA and USC and plans on visiting Oregon on April 27 - 28. "UCLA has really good academics," Stuckey said. "They have a great program for student-athletes and have personal mentors and study sessions to make sure you're doing well. They also have a good overall GPA on their team..."

Dewitt Stuckey, the 6-foot, 215 pound linebacker from Stockton Lincoln (Calif.), finished his junior season with 116 tackles, four sacks, two fumbles caused, two recovered and one interception. He also rushed the ball for three touchdowns.

"I read and react very well," Stuckey said. "I know where the ball is going and get there. I can run down running backs and play very intense. I fly to the ball and deliver hits. I'm like Ray Lewis.

"I want to improve my overall speed (4.65 forty) and take better angles," he said. "By taking better angles I'll be able to stop the running back quicker and gain a yard or two. I also want to get better at taking on blocks and shedding blocks. I'm working on my technique."

Stuckey benches 310 pounds, squats 390 pounds and has a 29-inch vertical jump.

Stuckey has offers from San Diego State, Oregon, Northwestern and Nevada, but denies a favorite. He grew up watching Miami, but says the 'Canes aren't recruiting him.

"I'm a big fan of Ray Lewis and they always produce great players," he said. "I haven't sent them any film or anything and they aren't recruiting me. I've liked them, but I'm not really looking at them."

He already attended junior days at UCLA and USC and plans on visiting Oregon on April 27 - 28. "UCLA has really good academics," Stuckey said. "They have a great program for student-athletes and have personal mentors and study sessions to make sure you're doing well. They also have a good overall GPA on their team.

"I want to get a good degree from a respected school," he said. "The NFL isn't a guarantee, so I want a degree so that I'll be able to get a job."

Stuckey also plans to attend camps at UCLA and USC. "Everyone at USC is really intense," Stuckey said. "During practice, everyone is moving quickly and nobody just sits there. They are always doing something and that shows when they play. They are always really well-prepared. They really want me to come to their camp this summer so that they can evaluate me."

His first offer was from Oregon in January. "Oregon has very down-to-earth coaches," he said. "Even the head coach (Mike Bellotti) is a really good guy. He's one of the few coaches that I've actually talked with and have a relationship with. I feel like I'm really wanted there and that they really like me and think that I'd be able to fit in well. I've heard a lot of great things about their program and that it's a great place for football.

"Also, Oregon has a great business school and have a lot of Nike alumni and connections."

Stuckey says that Stanford is also on the verge of a scholarship offer, however his academic profile needs some improvement. He has a 3.0 core and an 840 SAT, which he is retaking in June. "I texted the Stanford coaches and they texted me back saying that they want to offer me, but that they have very strict academic requirements," Stuckey said. "They said that I need to get my SAT score up and I'm even taking some classes this summer at a junior college to improve my GPA."

Stuckey says that he's also sent out tape to schools like Nebraska, Colorado and Georgia Tech as well as several others. "I'm looking for great coaches and people," he said. "I want to be around people I get along with and people that know how to have fun, but still take football seriously. I also want to play. I'm not going to college to be a benchwarmer."


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