When it appeared Luke Joeckel would turn pro following his junior season, A&M Offensive Line Coach B.J. Anderson saw a pretty significant area of need. Adding a mid-term, ready-to-play offensive lineman from the junior college ranks was an absolute must.
The Ags found their man on the West Coast in Jeremiah Stuckey. The City College of San Francisco tackle’s route to Aggieland is as interesting as any member of A&M’s large 2013 class. Only lightly recruited out of high school, Stuckey was an undersized tackle and desperately needed to put weight on a great frame. Jeremiah decided the best course of action was to grayshirt (sit out the fall following his senior season) and then enroll in junior college. As a result, Stuckey is the rare JUCO signee who enrolled at the mid-term and will have four years to play three in Aggieland. In other words, if Jeremiah needs a redshirt season in 2013, the Ags have that luxury.
There’s a pretty good chance, however, that a redshirt season won’t be necessary. The 6-6 blocker is already impressing in the weight room and currently weighs in at 287 lean pounds. A long-armed, athletic and quick-footed lineman, Stuckey has the ability to play guard or tackle in the Ags’ spread offense. In fact, if he does see action this fall it will likely be at guard where Anderson believes he could compete with Ben Compton and Germain Ifedi for the open right guard spot this spring. If Stuckey isn’t quite ready or is slow to adjust to the speed of the college game or the Aggies’ offensive system, he could redshirt and then compete for a tackle spot in 2014.
Because he’s so flexible, has three years of eligibility remaining and is a rapidly-growing offensive lineman, Stuckey definitely qualifies as one the true sleepers in this year’s A&M class.
Stats2012: Anchor on the offense line that was ranked fifth in total offense in the Northern California Football Association
Honors2010: First Team All-Pal Bay