As more high school and college offenses move to the spread and read-option offense, the fullback position has become less of a necessity. As a result, Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivisions didn’t see Stone Bridge fullback Sean Tracy fitting into their offenses.
But Division II schools liked the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Tracy’s versatility blocking and catching the ball, and Friday he gave his oral commitment to Fairmont State University.
Tracy and his parents took an official visit to the school’s Fairmont, W.V. campus a couple weeks ago and he said he grew fond enough of the campus to compel him to end the recruiting process.
“They have a really good student center and a couple other things that I liked,” Tracy said. “It was kind of like a college town feel, and it felt like a good place to call home.”
Tracy chose the school, which is just about four hours away from his home in Ashburn, over West Virginia State, UVA-Wise, Glenville State and Millersville. He plans to major in architecture.
Tracy said he didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to play under head coach Jason Woodman, who took over the program Dec. 18, 2012. Woodman spent time under Nick Saban and Les Miles at LSU from 2004-2006. He was a graduate assistant under Jimbo Fisher, who served as LSU’s offensive coordinator. He followed the Fisher to Florida State and spent the 2007 season working under Fisher and longtime coach Bobby Bowden.
The Fighting Falcons will likely use Tracy as an H-back, tight end and even in the slot next season. He played tight end for two years before injuries on the offensive line forced him to take over as lead blocker for the Bulldogs last season. Tracy immediately made his presence felt with his physical style of downhill blocking that often sent defenders to their backside in the open field. He started all five playoff games as the Bulldogs finished as the Virginia AAA Division 5 runner-up to Lake Taylor.
This past season, he was the starting fullback from Week 1 and he proved to be a large reason for honorable mention All-Met Sterling Dailey’s success this season with his devastating blocks. Dailey rushed for 2,018 yards, sixth highest in the area. Tracy also spent time on the defensive line.
“It’s hitting — who doesn’t like getting the big hit?” Tracy said. “It’s a good feeling and it gets the crowd excited.”
Tracy will sign his National Letter of Intent Feb. 5 on National Signing Day alongside Charlotte-commit Nate Davis.