New cornerback offer talks Irish interest

The Irish offered do-it-all junior Tariq Bracy on Wednesday night and like the California athlete at cornerback. Bracy talked to Irish Illustrated about Notre Dame.

Notre Dame sees a future cornerback in Tariq Bracy.

Based on his junior season, high school opponents just see a problem.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior racked up 1,117 yards rushing, 1,036 yards receiving and 365 yards on returns for 25 total touchdowns last season. Defensively, Bracy put up 45 tackles and five interceptions.

With offers from Boise State, Cal, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah, and Washington State, his Notre Dame offer has quickly become the best of his growing list.

"It was exciting to get that offer," Bracy said. "It's a top school and I'm really excited. It's a great school and a great program. It's always competitive."

With dreams of playing professional football after receiving a degree, Bracy sees opportunity in his latest offer.

"They're always on TV, so there's exposure," Bracy said. "The academics are great, of course, football is going to end. You need something out of life other than football. They always get guys out to the draft and that's one of my dreams, to go to the NFL."

The California Bay-area junior is no stranger to coach Brian Polian. While the Irish staff was evaluating prospects out west this week, they dropped in on the true Swiss Army Knife athlete to assess his skills on defense.

"Coach Polian and (coach Mike Elko), they came by to watch spring practice yesterday and they came by to watch me play some defensive back," Bracy said. "Later that night, they gave me a call and they gave me the offer."

Notre Dame's new special teams coordinator has left a strong impression.

"He's a great guy," Bracy said. "We're starting to build a relationship. From the time I met him, he seems like a cool, down to earth person and I'd like to get to know him more."

With summer plans shaping up, Bracy will look to add South Bend to his agenda.

"I plan on visiting sometime in the summer, I hope," Bracy said. "That's really the plan, to get up there, check out the campus, the facilities and stuff. I haven't been out there, so something to wow my eye and catch my attention.

"I'm also going to try to get out to Utah and Washington State by the end of the summer. I'm also going out to a camp at USC, so I'm also going to check out that."

Several schools have been pushing the envelope with the intriguing athlete. Bracy hopes to take in more visits to get a clear idea of what his options are.

"Washington State, Boise State has been showing a lot of interest, San Diego State, and Utah," Bracy said. "I've been to a Junior Day in Fresno State, but I haven't really been able to go anywhere else yet."

Although Bracy has had great success on offense, he understands his future is likely at cornerback and special teams.

"I'm looking forward to playing defensive back," Bracy said. "I like playing defense a lot, I just like catching the ball in space, running the ball, scoring touchdowns. I kind of like both right now, but I think I'm going to play defense to get to the next level.

"Coach Polian is talking about getting me in some special teams, punt return, kick return," Bracy said. "Other schools, they've brought it up too, so that's an option as well."

Uncertain of his decision timeline, Bracy will likely wait until after his senior season to confirm his college destination.

"I'm not sure right now," Bracy said. "I'm going to take my time a little bit. I want to see what else I get out there, check out the schools that are right for me." Top Stories