On Monday night, Stanford's 2017 recruiting class grew a little bigger because of 3-star tight-end, Tucker Fisk. Fisk took to Twitter to announce his decision, saying "I'm excited to announce that I have committed to play football at Stanford University." This commitment came right after he was on the Stanford campus for Junior Day. Fisk had some other offers from Pac-12 schools such as: UCLA, Washington, Washington State, and Cal.
I am excited to announce that I have committed to play football at Stanford university! pic.twitter.com/cCZhjqi7hc— Tucker Fisk (@FiskTucker) March 1, 2016
In an interview with Rivals Andy Drukerev, Fisk spoke about why he chose to play at Stanford:
"I sat down with my parents, we talked about it and I just decided it's where I want to be," Fisk said. "So I called coach and committed." He also explained what stood out about Stanford later in the interview. "You can't get a combination of academics like Stanford has and football like Stanford has anywhere else. Going there just seemed like a special place and I just wanted to be a part of it."
Tucker Fisk isn't the only person from his family who played football for Stanford. His dad, Jason, was also a Cardinal back in the early 1990s. He played defensive tackle for the Card and was later drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. For a 7th round pick, Fisk had a long career. He played for 10 years in the NFL, playing for teams such as the Vikings, the Titans, the Chargers, the Browns, and the finally the Rams.
Getting back to the man of the hour, Tucker Fisk is a 3-star California product. He plays football for Davis Senior High School, located in Davis, CA. Fisk will be joining Colby Parkinson as the 2nd tight-end to commit to Stanford in the 2017 class, and the addition of Fisk is Stanford's 4th commitment so far.
Tucker Fisk is a big tight-end standing at 6-4 and weighing in at 235lbs. Fisk is a versatile tight-end as well because he can both be effective in catching the ball and also blocking. He is a great yards-after-catch receiver because of his toughness and big frame. He is a hard target to bring down due to his size and mass. It takes at least three guys to do such a task. Even when there are three players swarming him, he keeps on churning his feet and pushes the pile for more yards. Fisk doesn't try any shifty moves or anything, but he punishes defenders for trying to tackle him.
He is also aggressive and tough when he is called on to block. In high school, Fisk is normally blocks from the slot position rather than being another down lineman. This will be something Fisk could work on, blocking from an offensive line starting point. That being said, he can protect the ball carrier well by guiding the defender to a position no where near the him. He extends well and is proactive in his blocking rather than waiting for the defender to come to him. One thing Fisk needs to look out for is his pad level because he is so big. He needs to make sure he bends at the hips and ducks his head down a bit more. This is to make sure his isn't going to be called for a helmet-to-helmet penalty.
Versatility is an important skill to have in college football. Tucker Fisk can be either a receiving tight-end, a blocking tight-end, or he could also be moved to the defensive line just like his father. But for the time being, Fisk fits Stanford's tight-end mantra and they hope to continue to build on this momentum for the rest of the recruiting season.
Check out Fisk's highlights courtesy of Hudl: