Jordan Tucker Is Now Ready To Be The Face
Of Leesburg Football
Tucker Wants To Become The Next Great Jacket Linebacker At LHS
By Gerald Lacey
Carver Heights Quarterback Club
July 14, 2012
LEESBURG - Leesburg High School gained National notoriety last season as Noor Davis (Stanford
University) won the 2011 High School Butkus award. NFL Hall of Fame Inductee Dick Butkus was there to
present the award himself and got chance to meet another future great linebacker in senior Jordan Tucker.
Tucker will continue the tradition of great linebackers this upcoming season for the Jackets.
He has visions of his name being mentioned in the same breath with other great Jacket lineman and
linebackers: Trevathan (University of Kentucky, Denver Broncos), Noor Davis (Stanford University), Ty
Lawrence (Southwest Baptist University (MO), Valdosta State, 1992 Regional Semifinalist), Wayne
Hamilton (University of Alabama, San Diego Chargers), Greg Johnson (Florida State University,
Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Colts, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), (Henry Wright Parade High
School All-American, North Alabama University, UCF), Bubba Pratt (University of Florida), Jimbo Pratt
(University of Florida), Sam Rixie (1969 Class A Football State Runnerup), Darryl Coleman (Denison
College), Sam Lewis (Albany State), and David Geiger (Cumberland College, 1992 Regional Semifinalist)
to name a few.
Third year head coach Randy Trivers (14-6 at Leesburg, Overall 87-33) is slowly building a national
powerhouse program at Leesburg High School. He has players like Tucker who will bring national attention
to the Yellow Jacket program. Trivers a former college coach at the (University of Maryland, Syracuse
University and Rutgers University) understands the process of building program and getting his players
media attention on a nationwide level.
Tucker is ready to assume to responsibility of being the face of the Yellow Jacket football program after the
departure of Davis and 2011 University of Miami Signee D'Mauri Jones. Davis and Jones received most of
the media last season attention while Tucker slipped up under radar. Tucker show class and maturity as
he quietly went about taking care of business on and off the field. 2012 will be his coming out party as he
will now be looked upon as the leader of the "Black Jackets" defense and the Jacket Program.
"My leadership role will have to step up as well on and off the field," Tucker said in a one on one interview
with Carver Heights Quarterback Club Staff Writer Gerald Lacey. "I thought that being a senior was so far
away as a freshman but now it's here and I'm ready to act like one.
Tucker is listed as the #50th ranked high school recruit in Florida by the Miami Herald High School Sports
Blog and the Orlando Sentinel Super 60 Watch list. If you attend a Leesburg practice this season there is a
strong possibility that you will see representatives from some of the nations top schools there to see
Tucker 6-2, 200, this fall.
The list of schools that have shown interest in Tucker are the University of Miami, University of Florida,
Florida State University, University of South Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South
Carolina, University of Georgia, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, North Carolina
State University, Florida A&M University, Bethune-Cookman University, University of Alabama, LSU,
University of Kentucky, and Auburn University, too name a few.
Miami seems to have the inside track on the recruiting of Tucker. He would like to join D'Mauri Jones down
in Coral Gables.
"In schools I really want to go to USF or Miami," Tucker said in a interview with Gerald Lacey.
"USF has a great facility and academic core. I just love the history of the team in Miami and the place is just
beautiful. UCF is interested as well plus some Division II schools."
Tucker along with the rest of head coach Randy Trivers squad have gotten lots exposure this summer in
some of the nations most prestigious 7 on 7 tournaments. He has looked impressive at the events against
some of the nations best talent.
'Ive been to a couple of lineman camps as a defensive end at UCF and USF. Ive played as a Middle and
Outside Linebacker at a couple of prestigious 7 on 7s as well
"The team including myself just has to keep working hard through the summer and just remember the taste
of victory," Tucker said on Trivers off season conditioning program.
College scouts are impressed with his ability to get to the football. Tucker loves contact and does not mind
taking on a ball carrier no matter the size. He is a big time playmaker on defense and had a takeaway in
three straight games last season. Tucker is a very intense defender he is arguably Leesburg's most
physical linebacker since Danny Trevathan (Denver Broncos, University of Kentucky All-American) wore
the orange and black of LHS.
Tucker isn't the first great player in his family to play at Leesburg and Carver Heights High School. Tucker
is the cousin of two former Jacket legends James "Bull" Mackey (1969 Class A Football State Runner-up,
Philadelphia Eagles, All-Amercan at Bethune-Cookman College) and Sam Mackey (Bethune-Cookman
College). He is also the cousin of the Mackey's other brother Ted who was a Carver Heights High School
legend. In a interview with the Daily Commercial in the 60's Head Coach Hubert O. Dabney said that Ted
Mackey would got down in history as the greatest Trojan ever.
Leesburg suffered some heavy losses on defense with the departure of 2011 USA Today First Team
All-American Noor Davis (Stanford University), Trey Perry (Carson-Newman College), Diontre Cornish
(Thiel College), and Chase O'Donell (Thiel College). Tucker will see plenty of double and triple team
blocking schemes this season with the loss of Davis. He will still cause opposing offensive coordinators
nightmares as they form game plans to run away from him. The Jackets coaching staff will move Tucker
around quite a bit to try and keep him in the mix.
"Well after a good spring game I look forward to the fall. Our team and myself did some good things and I
know there are some things for me to work on so I look forward to getting better and having a good fall."
"My role on the defense will definitely be greater than last year, I will be moved around from defensive end
and linebacker at times said Tucker.
Tucker and the rest of his teammates feel they have a legitimate chance to end Leesburg's 20 year playoff
win drought this season. The Jackets know that the road to the district championship goes through the king
of Lake County football Clermont East Ridge and defending District Champion Orlando Maynard Evans.
Tucker is confident that he and the rest of his teammates can get the program over the hump and make a
deep run into the playoffs.
"We have a lot of seniors but only one captain, so we do have to become a little more focused and mature
to be successful," Tucker said. "The team definitely feels as if we can get over the hump and do more than
just make an appearance in the playoffs this year."
The Jacket Nation will get a chance to see one of the best OLB's in the country in 41 days against Orlando
Jones in the 2012 Kickoff Classic.
2011 Under Armour All-American Noor Davis and Leesburg Head Coach Randy Trivers
Tucker is the most physical linebacker at Leesburg High School since former Jacket Standout
and current Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan pictured above. Photo by Ashley Beyer,
Freelance Photographer, Class of 2001, Leesburg High School.
Tucker has a love for contact on the field and is head hunter. He is being compared
to Danny Trevathan (pictured above making a tackle against Steve Spurrier's South
Carolina Gamecocks) for his ability to separate ball carriers from the football with his
Leesburg Football legends James "Bull" Mackey and Sam Mackey were a part of Coach Hubert
O. Dabney's dominant defense's in 60's and 70's. Bull Mackey later become a All-American at
Bethune-Cookman College and signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. His brother Sam
also had a standout career at Bethune Cookman. They are the cousins of current Jacket
Standout Jordan Tucker.
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Ashley Beyer is a freelance photographer who will be working with the Carver Heights Quarterback
Club this season. She started photographing as a hobby when she was 13 with a manual SLR Canon
film camera. In 1998 she received her first automatic Canon SLR camera. In the beginning as a hobby
photographer her cousins and friends babies were her favorite subjects. Now, she is getting the
chance to share her Leesburg High School football pictures with many people through Facebook and
the Leesburg Yellow Jackets Football blog.
"It makes me happy to do that because I know there are families out there that would love to have
pictures of their boys playing football and can't get to the games or don't have the means to record
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Leesburg High School OLB Jordan Tucker is one of the most coveted recruits in the
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