Loss can't sway Caleb Tucker from UW

Somewhere in a sea of more than 92,000 people at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., Caleb Tucker sat next to one of his friends, who turned to him and said, “Can you believe you’re going to be a part of this next year?”

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish), who committed to Washington in June, looked around Saturday night and replied, “It’s going to be crazy.”

While the Huskies failed to find success in a 41-3 loss to No. 3 LSU, it didn’t dampen Tucker’s enthusiasm about his verbal commitment.

“I’m still UW-bound,” he said. “I’ve heard about the recent injuries that the team had. Plus, you lose some, you win some, but God gives us opportunities to wake up every morning and get better.”

For Tucker, the experience provided a memorable moment, a chance to “see my future team play in a game where I’m from. It was really, really cool.”

The senior planned to wear Washington gear to the game, but he went with teammate Cameron Sims, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior receiver who was on a recruiting trip to LSU.

“I had to show some respect, but I had my Washington Huskies key chain,” Tucker said with a laugh.

Sims is also being recruited by the Huskies and has landed an offer.

“To be honest, I feel like he’s the No. 1 receiver in his class,” Tucker said of Sims. “As of right now, Washington is his No. 1 pick. I told him the only thing it’s going to take is a visit up there and he’s just going to fall in love with it.”