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Big Ten schools pursue 2018 Indianapolis athlete Tyrone Tracy

Steve Wiltfong / 247Sports

Living in Indianapolis, Tyrone Tracy plays in the heart of Big Ten country. Plenty of the conference’s football programs are noticing the talented junior running back.

On a visit to Northwestern last weekend, Tracy picked up a scholarship offer from the Wildcats. Illinois already had stepped forward with an opportunity and other league schools are zeroing in on him.

“The visit was amazing and it was an amazing feeling to have an offer from a great college,” Tracy said of Northwestern.

Wildcat Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald talks to Tracy the most from that program, he said.

“Coach Fitz is an amazing person in general and tries to get you to the next level of football,” Tracy said.

Tracy (6-0, 185) is being recruited as a running back, receiver and an athlete, he said. He’d like to play in the slot at the next level.

In addition to Northwestern and Illinois, Tracy is reporting scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Central Michigan and Bowling Green.

The Bearcats were scheduled to play host to Tracy on an unofficial visit for their game on Saturday, Oct. 1, against South Florida.

“They’re at the top of my list with Northwestern. Their school feels like it fits me,” he said.

Illinois offered him a scholarship last season before Lovie Smith took over the program in March.

“Things are great with them but they haven’t spoke with me since the offer. So, I don’t have much of a relationship with them,” Tracy said.

Penn State is among the other programs showing him interest. He’s very much likes the Nittany Lions and shares a connection with them.

“Penn State and me are in the middle because we text and talk a lot but they haven’t pulled the trigger yet,” he said. “I hope they do because I would love to play with my close friend and old teammate, Tommy Stevens, who plays quarterback there.”

Tracy said he feels Iowa, Indiana, Louisville, Rutgers and Navy could be close to sending him some good news.

“Other schools are looking at me but those ones are the only ones that are close to offering,” he said.

Tracy said he’s thinking about making a college commitment after the season but is not going to force the issue. If it takes until the beginning of next year’s campaign, he’s fine with waiting.

“I’m looking for a good football program first,” he said.

“Then I’m looking at what they have to offer me while I’m there. I’m looking at their players, the environment and their coaches. I want to see if they have what I want to major in and I want to know if they can get me to my overall goal. I want to know if they really want me to play or if they just want to me on their team.” 

The 249 composite ranking lists Tracy as a three-star prospect and the No. 47 running back nationally in the ’18 class. Scout sees him as a three-star and lists his position as athlete. Rivals has yet to rank him.

Big Ten schools pursue 2018 Indianapolis athlete Tyrone Tracy
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