Tracy Sprinkle… Nope, he’s not a fictional, Canadian pop sensation. Nope, he’s not a fictional, Japanese dish detergent. He’s Ohio State’s newest commit in the 2013 class, and despite his easy-to-mock last name (or perhaps because of), this Ohio native is destructive and nasty on the field. This young player, although he’s received offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, Penn State and Pittsburgh, among others, is new enough to the recruiting game that he has not yet developed a rating on most sites. One thing is certain though, if OSU has offered him a scholarship already, especially in a year when NCAA sanctions have lowered the amount of incoming recruits, then he has impressed them on film and in person.
Sprinkle has good size, and very good speed and quickness for his frame. Just watching his brief highlight film below, you can see that he has a nonstop motor and the intensity to chase down the QB. Scout lists his potential weaknesses as technique and disengaging moves at the line of scrimmage, so I expect his future coaches to educate him on exactly how to improve these in his senior year at Elyria. He will certainly have his work cut out for him to compete with existing and 2012 defensive linemen for playing time, but his ability to play either DE or DT will certainly help. Click to see the stats and junior highlight video of OSU’s 9th commitment in the 2013 class…
Weight: 270 lbs
Hometown/School: Elyria, OH/Elyria High School
Position: Defensive Lineman
Welcome to Ohio State, Mr. Sprinkle.