The Tracy family could be a very good one for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Three months ago Iowa received a verbal commitment from Tyrone Tracy, Jr., a three-star wide receiver prospect out of Indiana. (You may remember his commitment for the awesome video -- and freaky tigerhawk eyes -- that accompanied it.) Monday Iowa got good news from his cousin:
While Tyrone Tracy is a class of 2018 recruit, Larry Tracy is a class of 2019 recruit. He joins three recruits in Iowa's 2019 class, in-state offensive linemen Ezra Miller and Tyler Endres and Illinois tight end Logan Lee. While the elder Tracy projects as a wide receiver, Larry Tracy is slated as a defensive back. Per Rivals, Larry Tracy, listed at 5'11", 175 lbs, chose Iowa over offers from Indiana, Syracuse, Bowling Green, and Northern Illinois.
In his highlights, Tracy shows off good instincts around the line of scrimmage and takes good instincts to the ball, as well as pretty strong tackling technique. He appears to rotate around the secondary, including a fair amount of time at safety (and possibly nickel corner). There isn't a lot of evidence in these clips re: his pass coverage skills, but he looks good in containing the run. Right now he probably looks more like a strong safety than anything else, but that could certainly change as he develops and improves his other skills. (Remember: he has two more years of high school football to play before he even gets to Iowa City.)
Tracy's commitment continues Iowa's trend of loading up on defensive backs in several recent classes. Iowa signed three defensive backs in 2016 and whopping seven defensive backs in the incoming class of 2017. (That perhaps explains why Iowa has only added one defensive back in the 2018 class so far, Terry Roberts.) It never hurts to have a lot of defensive backs on hand, though; in addition to the four regular starters, Iowa needs defensive backs to man the nickel and dime corner positions. Defensive backs also see a lot of action on special teams.
There are even more Tracys in this family who could possibly be headed to Iowa in the future, too:
The Tracy to Iowa movement is underway:— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) July 31, 2017
2018 - Tyrone Tracy Jr
2019 - Larry Tracy III
2020 - Kenny Tracy - TBD
2022 - Javon Tracy - TBD
In the meantime, though, welcome aboard, Mr. Tracy.