Written By: Nick Holmes (@HoosierHolmes)
This past weekend the Hoosiers hosted several talented prospects from the 2016 class, one of which was outside linebacker Ethan Tucky. The versatile athlete made the trip from Delaware, Ohio where he plays for the Rutherford B. Hayes Pacers. His visit to the capital of Hoosier Nation was a fruitful one, announcing via Twitter Sunday night that he had received an offer from Indiana.
When asked about his trip Tucky told Hoosier Huddle “I loved it, it was an outstanding visit and it just felt good. I loved the campus and coaches. What stood out most to me was the coaches and the facilities.” The offer was particularly meaningful to him for a couple of reasons, “The offer is huge to me, one because it's a B1G school and second because of the faith and interest the coaches have in me.”
After an outstanding junior season where he forced two fumbles, tallied 100 tackles, including 11.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss, he was named to the Ohio AP Division 1 All-State Second Team. However, his exploits were not limited to the defensive side of the ball, rushing for 704 yards and eight touchdowns on 116 carries and making 18 receptions for 185 yards and 5 touchdowns.
In Hudl highlight tape he shows off his incredible athleticism by dropping running backs behind the line of scrimmage and gobbling up quarterbacks for sacks. Tucky plays with great energy and is absolutely relentless, shedding blockers with relative ease. He’s also a bear to bring down when he has the ball in his hands, running over and through defenders on many of his carries.
Tucky is also a very talented track runner, posting a 10.9 100-meter dash last spring at OHSAA Division 1 State Championship, which was good for 13th best. Adding size to his frame, 6-foot-3, 225-pounds, whilst maintaining his outstanding speed will be key to his development. Depending on how much weight he does add will determine whether ends up at defensive end or at outside linebacker, possibly at the Bandit position if he were to commit to the Hoosiers.
The four-star prospect is the 18th best outside linebacker in his class and the 11th best prospect in the state of Ohio according to 247sports. In addition to Indiana, Tucky has offers from Boston College, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Kentucky, Miami (OH), Ohio, and Toledo.