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2025 WR Madrid Tucker Was Welcomed Like Family on Pitt OV

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Pitt athlete Madrid Tucker.

Madrid Tucker tried not to have any expectations when he flew up to Pittsburgh this weekend, for the first time. He tried to go in with an open mind and a happy-go-lucky attitude. But it still ended up being better than he could have expected.

Tucker — a 6-foot, 160-pound athlete from Fort Myers in Fort Myers, Fla. — wasn’t able to arrive in Pittsburgh until Friday due to a baseball camp, but once he did, he was welcomed like family.

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“It went amazing,” Tucker told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I really got welcomed like I was already one of the players not just by the coaching staff but by the players already there. It was easy to be welcomed, and it felt like it would be a place I could consider.”

He holds offers from Appalachian State, Arkansas State, FAU, FIU, Furman, Pitt, Richmond, Toledo, UCF, UMass, USF and Western Michigan, with interest from Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Miami and Rutgers. He’s experienced his fair share of college coaches. Pitt feels different.

“Because some schools are kinda like heavy coaching and then recruiting instead of meeting everybody and including the players, like at other schools, you might just meet two players,” Tucker said. “I basically met like half the team, we went bowling, we had a good time, it was just different.”

Once he arrived on Friday, he spent time with the coaches and his host Censere Lee. And his future teammates, which was an experience he greatly appreciated. He had his photoshoot on Saturday and got to catch up on all that he missed Thursday, checking out Acrisure Stadium and everything to do with Pitt. And, of course, his fit in the offensive scheme.

Tucker is a talented recruit, capable of playing on both sides of the football and isn’t limited to just football.

Tucker carried the ball 26 times for 120 yards and five touchdowns, serving as a threat in the short field, but he thrived as a deep-ball threat as a junior at Fort Myers. He hauled in 33 receptions for 722 yards (21.9 yards per reception) and 12 touchdowns. He added 27 tackles (15 solo), an interception and a fumble recovery defensively and 265 yards of returns.

“They’re definitely a fast-paced offense, they get their main guy the ball in any way they can, in space, even if they’re coming in motion just to run a route so you can get quicker releases, so I really enjoyed that,” Tucker said. 

He’s also a regarded baseball prospect, holding a 9.0 rating on Perfect Game, which signifies a potential top-10-round pick and/or highest-level college prospect. He’s a shortstop on the diamond, with a plus arm. But his future is on the gridiron, not the baseball diamond.

“(I’m likely a) wide receiver, but they said they definitely are up for me playing both sides,” Tucker said. “I don’t really have a side that I like more, I’m kind of open to everything.”

Tucker isn’t rated by any of the major recruiting services (247Sports, Rivals or On3), but after he picked up his first Power Four offer from Pitt, his process will likely pick up in the coming weeks and months.

He doesn’t have any new official visits currently scheduled but is planning a couple of more this month. He’d like to be able to compare the experience at Pitt to other programs.

“The bar is definitely up there, just from how they treated me and how I interacted with the whole coaching staff, half the players, it definitely set a high bar,” Tucker said. 

Pitt was the first official visit, and the visit itself left a lasting impression upon Tucker going forward into the remainder of his recruiting process.

“The city is great, everybody’s real close and the city is not too far, the airport’s not even too far so if you need a flight into Pitt,” Tucker said. “I just really enjoyed the atmosphere, all the players and coaches.”

“They’re definitely one of the top options.”

Pitt currently holds seven commitments in the class of 2025, with four unclaimed Pat Signals:

Four-star cornerback Elijah Dotson (Detroit, Mich.), three-star tight end Max Hunt (Tampa, Fla.), three-star offensive lineman Shep Turk (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), three-star wide receiver Tony Kinsler (Port Orange, Fla.), three-star wide receiver Bryce Yates (Chesterfield, Va.), three-star defensive lineman Trevor Sommers (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and three-star quarterback Mason Heintschel (Oregon, Ohio).

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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