LB Tracz Has Something to Prove

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Come this fall, St Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, PA) may have quite a few scholarship offers to choose from. He has the size (6-2, 235 pounds), speed (4.62 in the 40), and tenacity to be a very solid Division I prospect.

Currently he is receiving interest from Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Virginia, Boston College, and Indiana among others. He has not received any offers to date, but hopes that will change after his first game.

“I haven’t received any offers,” said Tracz. “Schools want to see my first game tape. They want to make sure I’m fully back from having my knee scoped in February. I had to have cartilage removed. It feels great right now – actually it feels stronger now than it did before.

“Michigan is really interested in me. Indiana says they want me to come up so they can meet me. Notre Dame is waiting on other kids. Virginia has shown a lot of interest…they want to see the first game also.”

Tracz’s knee appeared to be in great shape at the Nike Camp at Penn State earlier this year. Just a month after his surgery, he posted a 4.62 in the 40 yard dash.

By working hard on his rehabilitation, Tracz was able to recover quickly and stand out at the camp. He has continued to work hard this summer to prepare for next season.

“I just worked extra hard to get my knee back to 100%,” said Tracz. “I’ve been doing a lot of team training this summer. I’m hungry for this season.”

Tracz has visited four schools this year – Ohio State, Virginia, Notre Dame, and Michigan. He enjoyed his trip to each school, however does not have any favorites. Tracz would like to wait and see which schools offer him before narrowing his list.

“I’m going to let the season do the talking for me,” said Tracz. “Then I will wait and see which schools step up. I’m wide open. I’m looking for a school with a great football program and, of course, great education. But I also want a school that cares about its kids. All of the schools recruiting me do that, so that’s good.”

A physical player, Tracz grew up watching Penn State and likes the Big Ten style of play.

“I probably favor more of the Big Ten style of football,” said Tracz. “Virginia plays in the ACC. They play a faster pace, which I’m sure I could keep up with. I have always liked the Big Ten style of play though.”

Virginia is recruiting Tracz as a linebacker. Other schools, such as Indiana and Boston College, like