LSU coach Ed Orgeron found the kicker he's been talking about.
Division II kicker Cole Tracy, from Assumption College in Massachusetts, plans to transfer to LSU and will be a member of the 2018 team, he announced on Twitter on Sunday. Tracy, a California native, has one year of eligibility remaining, and he's immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.
Tracy has made 81 percent (68-84) of his field goal attempts in three seasons at Assumption, booting 27 of 29 this past season and all 67 extra-point attempts to claim the 2017 Fred Mitchell Award, honoring the top placekicker in FCS, Division II, Division III and NJCAA. A two-time All-American, Tracy is the only player in Division II history to make six or more field goals in a game twice.
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Tracy fielded offers from at least LSU and Oklahoma State this fall, according to The Chicago Tribune. His arrival next season follows one of the worst field-goal kicking years in recent LSU history.
Redshirt freshman Connor Culp and walk-on Jack Gonsoulin are a combined 15-of-24 this season, a 62.5 percent make rate that's the lowest in 12 years. It is just the second time in the last decade that the Tigers’ field-goal kicking is below 70 percent.
Nationally, the mark ranks 103rd. LSU is one of just five Power 5 conference teams with nine or more missed field goals this season, joining Washington (9 misses), NC State (10), Texas Tech (11) and South Carolina (12).
Orgeron spent much of this season chiding his field goal kickers and rotating them from week to week. As recently as three weeks ago, he suggested that the Tigers could add a transfer kicker.
“(We’ll) continue to give Jack and Connor a chance, but we’ve got to go get the best kicker available. Sometimes transfers are available after their senior year,” Orgeron said after the regular season finale against Texas A&M. “We’re going to go find the best guy available. Getting tight on scholarships, but if we can find one that we think that’s great, that could take those guys’ place, we’re going to take him. If he’s not better, we’ve got to get those guys better.”
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Name: Cole Tracy
Position: Place Kicker
Measurables: 6-foot0, 185 pounds
College: Assumption College
Hometown: Camarillo, California
Committed: December 17, 2017
247Sports Position Rank: N/A
247 Composite rating: N/A
At a Glance: Ed Orgeron has said for weeks he wanted to go out and get the best kicker possible for next season and he did just that with Tracy. The Division II kicker was just about as late an addition as could be, but a much welcomed one in Baton Rouge
What They’re Saying: Ed Orgeron has talked forever how they wanted a kicker that could come in and compete right away. Obviously they looked for graduate transfers. ... He had great stats. He has a very high conversion rate on long field goals, as well as short field goals." - 247Sports recruiting analyst Shea Dixon