2018 Notre Dame Football Recruit Profile: Tariq Bracy
The Notre Dame football program got signed commitments from 21 players from 13 different states last month during the inaugural “early signing period.”
News-Sentinel.com sports reporter Tom Davis has been writing on the Fighting Irish for nearly two decades and is taking a daily look at each recruit leading up to the traditional National Signing Day (Feb. 7).
The San Francisco Bay-area recruit has put up video game-like statistics during his career Milpitas High School.
Bracy totaled almost 6,500 yards of all-purpose yards, as he contributed in every way imaginable.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete is expected to play cornerback for the Irish, but he also ran for 3,755 yards and caught passes for 1,659 yards in his career, which included 73 touchdowns.
Bracy was a special teams sensation, as well, as he and his twin brother, Tyree, who was the quarterback, helped Milpitas to the CIF 4A state championship.
Defensively, he made over 100 tackles and picked off 14 passes.
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Bracy is athletic and versatile. He has the ability to line up for Notre Dame in a myriad of positions on the field, but is projected as a defensive back.
He brings a touch of height to the cornerback position, as well as speed. He will need to put on weight, but maturity and the Irish strength program will take care of that.
Bracy was rated as high as the 39th best “athlete” nationally by Rivals, while 247Sports thought of him much higher (24th) in that capacity.
Within the talent-rich and deep state of California, Bracy was rated as the 51st best player overall by 247Sports.
I hope Bracy likes competition, because he’ll be immersed in it come next summer.
The Irish secondary is loaded with talent, as all four starting defensive backs return, as well as Navy safety transfer Alohi Gilman, who Irish coach Brian Kelly said would have started if eligible.
Notre Dame corners Troy pride Jr., Julian Love, Shaun Crawford, Nick Watkins, and Donte Vaughn all will compete for playing time in 2018, as well as newcomers Bracy, Houston Griffith, and Joe Wilkins Jr.
BRIAN KELLY SAYS
“Because of where he is in the country,” Kelly said on National Signing Day last month, “Tariq Bracy is a young man that I think if he’s in a metro area, his recruitment probably blows up. But he’s in an area that doesn’t get quite the attention. He won a state championship and a lot of people still didn’t know who he was.
“Everybody probably knows his name, but he didn’t do a lot of the camp circuit, and then he’s not in a geographical center, but he’s an outstanding player.”
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