Connor Tuk approached his West Point visit with open mind earlier this month.
Army wasn’t on the Tuk’s radar until assistant coach Mike Viti reached out to the Kennett (Pa.) offensive lineman in early January.
Tuk was invited to visit Army on Jan. 22. During Tuk’s trip, it was hard for him to find any negatives. Army offered Tuk after his visit. UNLV countered with an offer.
Tuk took an official visit to UNLV over the weekend. He returned home and made his decision. Tuk called Viti with his commitment to the Black Knights Monday.
“What sealed the deal is that there isn’t really any bad parts about the school (Army),” said Tuk, who is 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds. “It is such a prestigious school that sets you up for the rest of your life and it is big-time football.”
Tuk added, “I think it was just the security of knowing that you have a job waiting for you at the end of your schooling there.”
A three-year starter at tackle, Tuk will move to guard in Army’s new shotgun-based offense.
“I am excited to be learning the new offense and am excited to see what that can do for West Point,” Tuk said.
Army continued its strong recruitment of the Keystone State as National Signing Day approaches Wednesday. Tuk is the 12th Pennsylvania commit of Army’s 2023 class. He doesn’t have a connection with his other in-state commits but Tuk knows Delaware running back commit Markel Holman through his personal trainer.
“I am here to work,” Tuk said. “It feels so good to finally have a home and not having to stress over recruiting anymore.”