Unconventional Two-Way Threat

Edward Nuckols

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills defensive tackle Edward Nuckols isn't your average two-way threat, doubling as a running back as well as tackle. But several schools like how his speed and athleticism translate on defense and Nuckols talks about his recruitment...

One of the more intriguing players in California in the class of 2009 is San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills defensive tackle Edward Nuckols (6-2, 300).

Nuckols has the size to play on the defensive line, where he spent his junior season, but he also doubles as a fullback for the Grizzlies.

"I know my future is on the D-Line, but I love to carry the ball. Except everyone is recruiting me as a defensive tackle, so I don't think I'll get to play much running back," joked Nuckols.

Used primarily in short-yardage situations, Nuckols ran for 124 yards and scored seven touchdowns. But colleges know that he's destined to clog the middle of the line. And several schools are showing interest in him.

"I have an offer from Colorado already, and I've been hearing from Oregon, San Diego State, Connecticut, Ohio State, Washington, Arizona State and USC," said Nuckols. "I am interested in hearing from Virginia Tech and West Virginia too."

Arizona State signed his prep teammate, Jamaar Jarrett, but he said the interest hasn't been too serious to this point.

Nuckols does, though, have a top five schools.

"My top five is USC, Ohio State, Oregon, Colorado and San Diego State," said Nuckols.

When his recruitment first started, Nuckols was hoping to make an early decision, but as more schools began to show interest, that desire waned.

"At first, I was looking to get it out of the way, but now I want to take some visits," said Nuckols. "I think I may take some time and even take my official visits."

Playing on the defensive line, Nuckols had 34 tackles, four for loss and an interception.

"I've got a quick first step and I'm pretty fast for my size," said Nuckols. "I haven't been timed yet in the forty, but I'm sure it's pretty good."

This spring, Nuckols is planning on attending a handful of camps and combines.

Academically, he has a 2.0 GPA and is taking the SAT in April.

"I know I have some work to do with school, but I'm currently getting it a lot better," said Nuckols.

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