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Penn State sets official visit with 2023 CB Zion Tracy

Ryan Snyder08/05/22
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Penn State hosted cornerback Zion Tracy for its Elite Prospect Showcase last Friday, July 30. (Credit: Ryan Snyder/BWI)

Penn State’s home opener is still just over a month away, but on Friday we learned of one expected visitor for the 12 p.m. kickoff against Ohio. Last week, James Franklin and his staff hosted St. Thomas More cornerback Zion Tracy to participate in its final camp of the summer. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back didn’t disappoint, running a 4.3-second 40-yard dash and a 4.3-second shuttle. He also had a triple broad jump that surpassed 32 feet. All three are impressive.

Tracy was also given the opportunity to work against two Power Five wide receiver prospects in Justin Brown and future Penn State wide receiver Ejani Shakir. The on-field workout was impressive, giving cornerbacks coach Terry Smith something to think about moving forward.

So far, Penn State hasn’t extended a verbal scholarship offer to Tracy, but he did confirm Friday on Twitter that his trip for the game against Ohio will be an official visit, Sept. 9-10. With just 56 official visits allowed per school – Penn State has already used 34 of them – schools don’t waste officials on prospects they’re not serious about.

Originally a Class of 2022 prospect, Tracy reclassified to 2023 back in February, electing to play at St. Thomas More in Connecticut for a postgraduate season. He did camp at Penn State last summer but ultimately ended up committing to Temple. That changed following a coaching change. Last year, he played at Long Island Luthern in Westbury, N.Y.

The decision to reclassify has worked in his favor, with schools like Rutgers and Syracuse both offering this summer. Georgia hosted him for a camp, too, and he performed well there as well, running a 4.42-second 40 and a 4.24-second shuttle. He also had a 40-inch vertical and a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump during his time in Athens.

Penn State currently holds commitments from five defensive backs in the 2023 class. Elliot Washington and Lamont Payne are both expected to play cornerback. DaKaari Nelson, Conrad Hussey and King Mack are expected to focus on safety. Both Hussey and Mack continue to be pursued by other programs, while Nelson took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss this past weekend.