Anthony Schwartz isn't one for the limelight or being the center of attention, but on Thursday night the World Youth record holder announced his college decision in front of millions watching the Under Armour All-American Game on ESPN.
The two-sport standout held over two dozen scholarship offers from a who's who of football powerhouses and chose Gus Malzahn's Auburn Tigers over the University of Florida, and the University of Georgia. We had a chance to talk with Malzahn earlier this week at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and ask him about the importance of speed and recruiting track and field athletes.
It's better to have fast guys than slow guys," he said.
Malzahn already has the signature of Chaminade Madonna senior Shaun Shivers who owns personal bests of 10.47 and 20.91, which are some of the best in the nation add in Schwartz and they could have two of the fastest freshman on the gridiron.
Schwartz, a senior at American Heritage is ranked as the 153rd best player in the nation overall, and 28th wide receiver in the nation according to 247 Sports. He played an instrumental at the Patriots fourth state championship in five years. On the track he's been nothing short of amazing.
He clocked a blazing 10.15 at the Florida Relays, making him the sixth fastest performer all-time. He bounced back from a disappointing injury at the state meet to finish second at the Adidas Dream 100, before an excellent showing at New Balance Nationals. The speedster was first in the 100m dash and runner-up behind Tyrese Cooper in the 200m.
With time left until his national letter intent has to be signed, we will see if he remains solid in his commitment. The Gators, who were believed to be his early favorite are still interested as is the University of Houston. The Cougars with Olympian Carl Lewis at the helm have told Schwartz that they can develop him into a world class athlete.