Indianapolis wide receiver commits to Iowa

Hawkeyes find some potential receiver help with commit No. 4

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  • Commitment video from WR Tyrone Tracy

Tyrone Tracy’s commitment video says it all.

The wide receiver from Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind., put friends and family in the colors of his three finalists — Iowa, Louisville and Northwestern. The gentleman wearing the Iowa colors — it looks like it might be his dad, Tyrone Sr. — was seated in the middle of the three. Tracy gave all three a long look and then took off a pullover to reveal an Iowa T-shirt.

These types of videos aren’t for everyone, but it was fun, creative and shows what active minds can do with a good video editing program and a camera.

Iowa has recruited Tracy since last fall. A healthy relationship was built and it paid off for Iowa with a commit late Saturday afternoon.

“I picked Iowa because of the coaches and how they act,” Tracy told HawkeyeReport.com. “They’re not fake coaches. By fake, I mean they don’t act one way with family there and another when the parents are gone. They act the same 24/7.”

Tracy is rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals, which also lists him as an all-purpose back. Make no mistake, Tracy is headed toward wide receiver at Iowa.

In a radio interview Saturday morning with AllHawkeyes.com on the Iowa City radio station KCJJ, first-year offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz pulled no punches and called Iowa’s current wide receiver situation — only two scholarship receivers were available for spring drills and junior Jerminic Smith ended spring on academic suspension — a “mess.”

“They see me fitting not only in the offense, but in Iowa City in general,” Tracy said. “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. But they see me as a wideout and slot, so I can run routes and I can run jet motion.”

Tracy chose the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Louisville, Northwestern, Illinois, Cincinnati, Boston College, Western Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, Navy, Miami (Ohio), Central Michigan and Indiana State.

“I’m just excited and relieved,” said Tracy. “I wanted to get the stress off me, so I can go into the season with my mind clear with no distractions.”

Last year, Tracy finished with 651 yards receiving, 296 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns.

Tracy is the fourth commitment for Iowa’s 2018 class. He joins Illinois offensive lineman Jeff Jenkins, Iowa City West linebacker Dillon Doyle and Wisconsin running back Henry Geil.

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