Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy senior Tre Tucker has committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Cincinnati.

“This is the right fit for me,” Tucker said. “The program is turning around and it’s on its way to being a top program.”

Tucker is 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds and has a 3.0 grade-point average. He said UC is recruiting him to play wide receiver and return kicks and punts.

Tucker scored 28 touchdowns as a catalyst for the Royals (7-3, 5-2 PAC-7) as a junior in 2017. He totaled 70 rushes for 672 yards and 17 touchdowns, 30 receptions for 637 yards and five touchdowns and completed 3-of-3 passes for 29 yards and two touchdowns on offense. He had three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. On special teams, he returned five punts for 133 yards and a touchdown and 12 kickoffs for 397 yards and two touchdowns.

“Tre is an electric playmaker,” CVCA football coach Dan Larlham said. “He has elite speed but he is an all-around talent. He is an exceptional route runner with excellent hands.

“What makes Tre different is his work ethic. As his coach, I never had to ask him to work. His drive is his greatest attribute. I have a lot of intrinsic motivation and that is tough to find in high school kids. That’s what separates Tre. Not just that he’s a good athlete, but his desire to be great is better.

“And I love UC for Tre mainly because of the coaching staff. I think their schemes are phenomenal. I think they will find ways to use somebody of Tre’s ability, but I also want a kid that I care so much about to be coached by great men. I think wide receiver coach Joker Phillips and head coach Luke Fickell are incredible examples of great men in our profession.”

Tucker is also a standout track and field athlete, as evidenced by his performance in 2018. He led CVCA to a Division II team state title in Columbus this month in the 111th annual boys state track and field meet.

Tucker won the Division II state title in the long jump (22-feet, 10½-inches), the 100-meter dash (10.78 seconds), and was a member of the Royals first-place 800-meter relay (1:28.51) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. He also reached the podium with a third place in the 200 in 22.0 seconds.

CVCA boys track and field coach Craig Rupe describes Tucker as a “unbelievable athlete with a bright future.”

“Tre is very fast and he has put in so much work in the weight room to bulk up,” Rupe said. “He has gotten so much stronger. … His diligence in the weight room is impressive.”

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