Javon Tracy has watched his older brother, Tyrone Tracy Jr., develop and thrive in the Iowa Football program. Friday, he received an opportunity to join him.
The Hawkeyes became the first school to offer the Indianapolis Decatur Central junior-to-be a scholarship.
“It felt surreal to get an offer from Iowa,” Javon told HN. “It’s only my first offer, but it’s a great start.”
The Class of 2022 athlete shares his older brother’s unique skill set as a versatile player capable of impacting the game in multiple ways. He’s coming off a sophomore campaign that saw him rush 38 times for 370 yards and four scores, catch 20 passes for 493 yards and four scores, and register an interception with five passes defended as a cornerback.
He also averaged 11.1 points and 3.8 assists on the varsity basketball squad this past winter. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and Kelton Copeland, who coaches receivers, let him know Friday that his services were desired.
“They said that they wanted me because the way I am fits the way the program is,” Javon said.
The younger Tracy, who has another older brother, Kenny Tracy, beginning his freshman season at Miami (OH) this fall, knows the Hawkeyes well.
“I view Iowa as being an NFL team. The games are always sold out, and they don’t have an NFL team. So, Iowa football is their NFL team. The people are crazy, and they love you so much,” Javon said.
Despite his connection to and familiarity with Iowa, it’s not a layup that Javon will end up there.
“It would not be hard going somewhere else. I’ve been down there and I’ve been with the team and around the facility and know the coaches and how the fans are, but I’m also not going to go there just because my brother goes there. I’m going to go where I feel I can make my home for the next four years,” he said.
Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Kentucky and Northwestern have been showing interest in Javon Tracy.
“But they haven’t been recruiting me hard,” he said.
Javon Tracy is undecided on a college major.
Here’s a look at his sophomore highlights: