Feb. 20, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Of Florida State’s three dual-sport signees, Marvin Bracy is the one that also has Olympic aspirations.
Ronald Darby is fast on the track and Jameis Winston is talented on the mound and in the outfield, but Bracy’s stellar — albeit brief — track and field career to this point has him poised to potentially represent the United States of America on the grandest of athletic scales.
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
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In late January of this year, the Orlando, Fla. native competed in an indoor meet in Gainesville and ran a world-record 6.08. Last summer, he ran a high-school record 10.05 100-meter dash in the Pan American Junior Games.
“He’s going to be the fastest high school kid ever,” FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher said.
His accomplishments on the track have Bracy hopeful that he’ll earn a spot in this summer’s Olympic Games in London.
But what about on the football field?
While his personal bests and world- and high-school-records may make it seems as though Bracy has been running track most of his life, that isn’t the case. In fact, FSU’s soon-to-be track sprinter and football wide receiver has been competing on the gridiron longer.
Earlier this year, Bracy displayed his agility and talent in pads while competing in the Under Armour All-American Game. He also had a highlight-reel catch that made ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.
For Fisher’s football team, Bracy play at wide receiver and on special teams as a returner.
“Hopefully he will be a great asset to us on the football field, which I think he will because he’s put together,” Fisher said. “He’s 175 pounds, 5-9, strong, very muscular. The thing about track, he was always a football player. He’s only run track two years. He was a football guy that ran track; he wasn’t a track guy coming up that they’re putting on the football field.
FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett got to see Bracy’s speed up close on multiple occasions as his primary recruiter.
The relationship he built with Trickett and the presence of the Seminoles’ elite track and field program helped spark Bracy’s decision to publicly commit to FSU on July 14, 2011 and never waver in that pledge.
“Marvin is fast,” Trickett said. “He’s going to be a great addition to our football team.”
Number watch: Bracy wore same number as a fellow speedster in high school and therefore Deion Sanders’ FSU-retired No. 2 won’t be available when he gets to Tallahassee. Whatever jersey he does pick, it will be hard to read the number anyway since he moves so quickly.
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