COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ty Tucker and the Buckeyes have announced the signing of 2020 blue-chip JJ Tracy on Monday. Tracy signed a National Letter of Intent and will join a young and talented program next fall.
“The more and more we watched JJ compete we knew we had to have him,” said Director of Tennis Ty Tucker. “JJ is a top 15 player in America, but he is an even better competitor. He never loses focus and he doesn’t walk away from any matches. We are excited for JJ and his parents to join the Buckeye tennis family.”
Tracy grew up a fan of Ohio State athletics, but ultimately his choice was cemented once taking his official visit. The state-of-the art facilities and the warm reception from the players and coaching staff proved to be strong determinants in making his decision.
“After my official visit, I knew Ohio State was the place. I just loved it. The team was great, lots of energy there, great coaches. Obviously, great facilities. I think the new place will be ready right when I get there in the fall,” Tracy voiced in an article by Collete Lewis on TennisRecruiting.net.
Tracy trains at Smith-Stearns Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., and has worked with two legendary coaches in Stan Smith and B.J. Stearns who were atop of both national and international rankings in their professional career. The 15th ranked senior in the country, who was a finalist at the 2019 Easter Bowl and a semifinalist at the 2018 Eddie Herr International, is embracing the challenge of being held to a higher standard with the Buckeye program.
“I think he can push me to be the best I can be,” Tracy told Lewis. “That was one of the things that really drove me to go up there, knowing that I’ll get a great practice session every day and he’ll push me as hard as I can be pushed. I want to be the best that I can be, play high in the lineup as soon as I can. I want to try to go pro after and I think Ohio State’s a great place to do that.”
“We are very excited to begin working with JJ. He is a guy that has dedicated himself and worked hard on his game. As a result, he has continued to improve as a player and seen his ranking climb. The coaching staff is eager to help JJ maximize his potential on the court,” associate head coach Justin Kronauge stated on his incoming player.
The soon-to-be Buckeye will be joining an ascending team loaded with young talent and expectations to make an immediate impact.