If Iowa’s latest football commitment is as creative on the field as he is off, the Hawkeyes may have something on their hands.
Tyrone Tracy, a 6-foot, 185-pound athlete recruited by Iowa as a receiver, released a YouTube video on Saturday announcing that he had selected the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Louisville and Northwestern.
The video showed the junior from Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis working out, then saying: “I’ve been preparing for this day since I was three years old.’’ With friends on a porch of a home wearing t-shirts from each of his three final choices, Tracy slips off a shirt to reveal a second one with a Tigerhawk across the chest.
The video ends with the group entering the home to celebrate Tracy’s decision to be the fourth player to commit to Iowa’s 2018 recruiting class.
Ranked by Scout.com and 247Sports as a three-star recruit on a five-star scale, Tracy was recruited as both a running back and receiver. He also held scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois and a number of Mid-American Conference schools in addition to his three finalists.
In two varsity seasons at Decatur Central, Tracy rushed for 2,113 yards and 24 touchdowns and has recorded 1,511 receiving yards and caught 17 touchdown passes.
He was named by the Indiana Football Coaches Association to its Class 5A junior all-state team as a defensive back and earned honorable mention Class 5A all-state honors from the Indianapolis Star.
Tracy is the first receiver to commit to Iowa in its 2018 recruiting class, which includes linebacker Dillon Doyle of Iowa City West, running back Henry Geil of Green Bay, Wisconsin and linebacker Jeff Jenkins of Crystal Lake, Illinois.