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SIGNED: CB Tariq Bracy

Milpitas (Calif.) High cornerback Tariq Bracy has submitted his National Letter of Intent to Notre Dame.

RANKINGS 

Rivals: 3-star (No. 65 player in California and No. 39 athlete nationally)
BGI Grade: 4.0-star
Upside Grade: 5.0-star

MEASURABLES 

Bracy recorded a 4.49 in the pro shuttle, a 4.56 in the 40-yard dash and a 34.8-inch vertical jump at Nike Football’s The Opening Oakland Regional on May 22, 2016, prior to his junior year.

STATISTICS 

SENIOR SEASON: Rushed for 2,049 yards (8.6 per rush) and 26 scores, and caught 13 passes for 251 yards (19.3 per catch) and two touchdowns. Also recorded 28 tackles and three interceptions, all three of which he returned for touchdowns.

JUNIOR SEASON: Had 1,117 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 132 carries (8.5 yards per rush), plus 52 receptions for 1,036 yards (19.9 per catch) and 13 scores. Also recorded 46 tackles and five interceptions.

SOPHOMORE SEASON: Rushed for 791 yards and 11 touchdowns, caught 11 passes for 302 yards and four scores, and intercepted six passes on defense

HONORS 

SENIOR SEASON (2017)

The San Francisco Chronicle’s 2017 Top 50 Metro Players list

One of 10 “Must See” player in the Bay Area playoffs by The San Francisco Chronicle

JUNIOR SEASON (2016)

The San Francisco Chronicle’s All-Metro First Team Defense

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015)

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Bay Area Sophomore of the Year


RECRUITMENT 

POWER FIVE OFFERS: Notre Dame, California, Utah and Washington State.

Bracy committed to Notre Dame Dec. 9, a few months after he took an official visit to South Bend for the USC game Oct. 21 and left declaring the Irish his public leader

The California talent briefly considered staying on the West Coast and attending San Diego State in order to play at the next level with his brother, but ultimately chose Notre Dame

Bracy was primarily recruited by special teams coach Brian Polian.

NOTABLE 

• Born Feb. 19, 1999.
• Recruited as a cornerback by Notre Dame, but also started at running back in high school.
• Has a twin brother, Tyree Bracy, that also plays for Milpitas.
• Also starts on the Milpitas baseball team.

2018 PROJECTION 

Bracy will need time to develop his technical skills at cornerback, but his athleticism could help him earn early playing time. He is one of the more dynamic athletes in the class, so much so that he could compete for early playing time in the return game.

BGI ANALYSIS 

“Bracy is one of the most underrated players in the class for Notre Dame, at least from a national perspective. A consensus three-star player by the services, he has film that tells a different story. He is a dynamic football player on both sides of the ball. During his season season, he rushed for 2,049 yards (8.6 per rush) and 26 touchdowns to lead Milpitas to a 14-1 record. He also rushed for 1,177 yards as a junior, while racking up 1,036 receiving yards.

“He reminds me a great deal of former Notre Dame standout KeiVarae Russell, another dominant high school back that became a top-level cornerback during his career in South Bend. Bracy is not big enough to be an every down running back, but his size projects well for the cornerback position. He is still raw from a technique standpoint, but he absolutely has all the physical tools to shine.

“The 6-0, 170-pound standout has outstanding speed, top-flight agility and incredibly loose hips. He combines smooth athletic skills with explosiveness and suddenness. Bracy has excellent balance and he is light on his feet, traits that help him bounce off tacklers as a running back, and traits that will help him make easy movements as a cornerback. The key for him is just learning the finer points of the position.” BGI football analyst Bryan Driskell

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