The Evergreen State has two universities showing some early love to 2018 athlete Tariq Bracy, as the Milpitas (Calif.) two-way stud received his first two scholarship offers from Washington State and Eastern Washington during the final week of June.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Bracy, who plays both running back and defensive back, first got offered by the Cougars on June 26. EWU’s offer came through the next day.
“It felt great to get the two offers, knowing that more than one school is interested in my game,” Bracy told Scout.
Bracy is a navy and gold lightning bolt on the field who is known for breaking off long scoring runs and displaying a dynamite second gear with the ball. His versatility has turned him into an early coveted prospect at the Silicon Valley school, as Bracy makes his hay in the return game, at wide receiver and as a ball-hawking safety.
This past season, Bracy completed 5-of-10 passes for 74 yards and one touchdown, rushed 19 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns, caught 16 balls for 365 yards and four scores, and tallied 29 tackles and one pick. On special teams, he returned seven kickoffs for 136 yards, and 17 punts for 295 yards.
As versatile as Bracy is, the Cougars, though, like him at one spot in particular.
“I talked with coach Jim Mastro the day WSU offered me and he really liked my speed and ability to play running back,” Bracy said. “WSU is recruiting me to play running back and they are also interested if I can play wide receiver as well.”
In regards to the Eagles, EWU coaches spoke with Milpitas head coach Kelly King and informed him that the Big Sky program offered, Bracy said. Bracy adds that coaches from Michigan, Notre Dame and Oregon have asked his head coach about him.
While his speed and versatility may stand out as Bracy’s strengths, he said those two traits aren’t his best attributes.
“My competitive nature, hard work, and confidence makes me who I am. My real strength is my willingness to get coached in order to better my game,” Bracy said.
While the state of Washington’s Pac-12 and Big Sky universities have made an early dash at him, Bracy isn't done honing his craft, as he seeks to enjoy his recruiting process and avoid committing early.
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“The main things I've been working on this offseason is getting bigger and stronger in the weight room and just improve my overall game on both sides of the ball,” Bracy said. “Even with the two offers, I plan to wait around and not rush into any commitment.”