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Penn State in Top 4 for 2023 ATH Zion Tracy

Photo courtesy of Zion Tracy’s Twitter account

Zion Tracy, a three-star Class of 2023 ATH from St. Thomas More Prep in Oakdale, Connecticut, has released his top four school, and Penn State made the cut.

Penn State is in the mix along with fellow Big Ten school Rutgers, Syracuse and Buffalo. He’s taking an official visit to Penn State this weekend for Saturday’s home opener against Ohio, and is taking my his Syracuse OV the weekend of the Orange’s Oct. 29 game against Clemson.

In 2021, Tracy (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) scored 10 total touchdowns and had 500 yards receiving playing for Long Island Lutheran High School, where the Hempstead, New York, native played his first three seasons. He has 13 total offers and has caught the attention of some power five schools.

Last month, Tracy told Nittany Sports Now that he “cannot wait” to see a game in Beaver Stadium.

”I honestly don’t know what I’m looking forward to,” Tracy said. “I just can’t wait to be shocked.”

Tracy also talked with NSN about the similarities and differences between Penn State coach James Franklin and a Big Ten counterpart, Rutgers’ Greg Schiano.

“They’re similar because, as I said, they’re honest,” Tracy said. “No matter what they’re trying to tell you, they’re going to be honest; even if it’s going to hurt, they’re going to be honest.”

“But they’re different because coach Schiano is more… I don’t really see him joking that much. He’s a more serious guy. Coach Franklin’s more, you know, he’ll be a little funny but still be straight-up, forward with you.”

If Tracy commits to Penn State, he’d be the third CB prospect to do so, joining three-star Lamont Payne and four-star Elliot Washington II, who flipped from Alabama in July. Washington is listed as a safety by 247Sports but is expected to play corner at the college level.

If Tracy ends up playing receiver in college, he’d join four-stars Ejani Shakir and Carmelo Taylor in Penn State’s class.

Tracy told NSN that Penn State has made him feel important going back to even before it offered him earlier this month.

Tracy picked up an offer the first week of August after he visited Penn State for its Elite Showcase V the last weekend of July.

“I like that they’re Big Ten. Their culture with the teammates is great… before they even offered me, they were talking to me like I’m one of their kids already.”

He might officially become one of their kids in 2023.

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