In the coming days, it might not just be high school signees who will be bolstering the Alabama Crimson Tide football roster.
Earlier this offseason, Carl Tucker took the first step in transferring from North Carolina by placing his name into the NCAA transfer database. As a graduate transfer, the tight end would be eligible to play immediately at another FBS school in 2020.
Over the weekend, Tucker took a visit to the Alabama Crimson Tide football facilities. Following said visit, it was reported that the Tide is “in good shape” to land the transfer. If nothing else, the player’s dad came away impressed.
“The visit was awesome,” Tucker’s father, Carl Tucker Sr., said according to al.com “Obviously the stature of Alabama football is so huge that we really didn’t know what to expect, but we knew it would be something that we hadn’t seen before. … But it was really good. They really wanted to figure out what questions and concerns we had for Alabama. And they did a really good of explaining why they wanted Carl, what they saw in Carl and where they felt he would be able to help Bama. …
“He could see himself playing at Alabama.”
Alabama was the second school Tucker has visited, with Florida State being the first. Tucker took a trip to Tallahassee the weekend before last. Missouri, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Washington have also expressed interest. At this point, it’s unclear if Tucker will take any additional visits.
Tucker was a three-star 2015 signee for the Tar Heels. He was granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA.
In 38 career games, the North Carolina product caught 36 passes for 549 yards and four touchdowns. His most productive season came in 2018. That year, Tucker totaled 265 yards and two touchdowns on 16 catches.
Tucker started 20 games during his time with the Tar Heels. Four of those came in 2019.