The momentum is starting to build on the Iowa Football recruiting trail. After losing its first class of 2018 commit, Wisconsin linebacker Mike Bruner, earlier this week, Kirk Ferentz and staff added a third recruit in the class when Indianapolis athlete Tyrone Tracy committed to the Hawkeyes Saturday evening.
Tracy is a 6’ 185lb RB/WR who plays his high school football at Decatur Central HS in Indianapolis. He’s a consensus 3-star recruit and is ranked as the #8 recruit in Indiana and #38 RB in the country according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
Despite lining up primarily at RB in high school, Tracy is reportedly being recruited as a WR by the Hawkeyes. As a junior, he ran for 1239 yards rushing and 11 TDs on 147 carries and caught 27 passes for 680 yards and 7 TDs. As a sophomore he had 77 carries for 578 yards and 9 TDs rushing to go with 13 catches for 180 yards and 1 TD receiving.
Tracy chose the Hawkeyes over Louisville and Northwestern, as well as offers from Illinois, Cincinnati, Boston College and most of the MAC.
Here’s a look at his junior season film:
At 6’ tall, Tracy shows good ability to go up and get the ball in traffic. His high school team lined him up in multiple spots on the field and he shows an ability to create separation and make a catch. He also shows good play-making ability after the catch and with the ball in his hands out of the backfield. He was a return man on his high school team, which is always a nice skill-set to add with any incoming recruit. Overall, Tracy is a great athlete, posting a SPARQ score of 113.76 at Nike Football’s The Opening in Chicago earlier this month, good enough for 13th overall at the event.
Here’s some info about Tracy’s recruitment from scout Dylan Burn:
#Hawkeyes made up MAJOR ground with Tracy. Tyrone was concerned w/ offense a while back. Kelton Copeland secured this one for Iowa.— Dylan Burn (@DBurnScout) April 29, 2017
Tracy also interviewed with Hawkeye Report about the process, and game some really good quotes about why he wanted to become a Hawkeye:
“I picked Iowa because of the coaches and how they act,” he told Hawkeyes Report. “They are not fake coaches...they don’t act one way with family there and another when the parents are gone. They act the same 24/7.”
“They see me fitting not only in the offense, but in Iowa City in general. They don’t look at recruits just because they are good. You have to have good character and be humble and everyone on the team is exactly that.” Tracy also mentioned that the coaches see him as a slot receiver and running jet motion routes.
Tracy is the fourth member of the class of 2018 (after the departure of Bruner), which will likely include 18-20 members by the time we get to National Signing Day next February. He joins Wisconsin RB Henry Geil, who committed earlier this week, and Illinois OL Jeff Jenkins, who committed back in January, on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, Dillon Doyle remains the only member of the class of 2018. The Hawkeyes already have a head start on the class of 2019 with 4-star OL Ezra Miller who announced his commitment following last week’s spring game.
Welcome aboard Tyrone Tracy.