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Elyria’s Tracy Sprinkle signs with Carolina Panthers after NFL Draft

Tracy Sprinkle is gone to Carolina.

The Elyria High and Ohio State graduate signed with the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night as a priority free agent.

“Watch God work!!” he tweeted.

Sprinkle, a 6-foot-3, 293-pound defensive lineman, was hoping to be taken in the late rounds of the NFL Draft that ended Saturday but said it wouldn’t be a setback if it didn’t happen.


“Just another chapter in my journey,” he said during the week. “There have been other things I’ve gone through in my career. I haven’t been ‘that guy’ but still worked my way to the top.

“I know I’m going to have to work either way. I’m looking forward to working hard.”

The Panthers, led by quarterback Cam Newton, have been to the playoffs twice in the last three seasons, including losing the Super Bowl in 2015. They have openings on the defensive front, giving Sprinkle a good opportunity to make the team in September.

“Tray pound!! @TSprinkle93,” tweeted Saints cornerback and former Ohio State teammate Marshon Lattimore, who was Defensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowler last season.

Sprinkle returned from a torn patellar tendon suffered in the 2016 opener — his first start for the Buckeyes — to start 12 games in 2017, totaling 16 tackles, three tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.

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