June 29, 2011
Bracy trims his list to five
Four-star athlete Marvin Bracy is not only one of the most electrifying athletes on the football field, but he's also a dynamic track star. Last week in Oregon he claimed the junior national title in the 100 yard dash with a blistering time of 10.05. However, even with that success, football is what he's focused on for the next level.
"It was very cool and exciting to win the national championship. I wasn't really surprised with my time because I've run good times before," Bracy said. "I just really pushed myself in training and knew it wouldn't be a problem in posting a great time. A lot of people will say I put everything into it, but I still feel I could have been faster with my time. I felt that I had a little left to make an even bigger push."
The 10.05 time would be outstanding for most dual threat athletes in football and especially in track, but not for Bracy. During the race, he sustained a hamstring injury that affected his time which could have possibly stopped him from breaking the 100 record of 10.01 held by Jeff Demps.
"It was a strain in my hamstring that happened I would say around the 70 meters mark. It's mainly cramps where everything got tight in my hamstring area," he said. "It still hurts a little bit but I've been having massages so I'll be fine. I was just upset at the end of the race because I know my time would have been better, but I just had to fight through the pain."
While track and field is certainly into full swing, Bracy hasn't taken a lot of visits lately. But he did take one recently to the University of Florida.
"I liked the facilities they were pretty nice, he said of his visit. " I got a chance to meet all the coaches and they were all really cool. I had a good time on my visit there."
Even with his attention focused on track right now, the four-star athlete from Orlando did an inform Warchant.com that he's ready to narrow his list down, but states he doesn't have a leader at this time.
"Yes, I'm down to Florida State, Texas A&M, Tennessee, LSU, and Florida," said Bracy. "Those are the teams I'm mainly focused on."
One of the finalists on that list that is heavily involved with the speedy 5-foot-10, 162 pound standout is the Florida State Seminoles. Bracy has already visited the Seminoles twice this spring and was hoping to get back out to Tallahassee for the second session of the FSU summer camp. But apparently his visit might not go as planned.
"I was planning on dropping by for the second session of the FSU summer camp, but my coach told me I have a track meet that weekend so I won't be able to make it," Bracy explained. "I'm going to try and get over there before August because that's when I have to get ready for football at Boone. It just depends on my schedule with track. I plan on attending the FSU vs. Oklahoma game and that will probably be my official visit to Florida State. I'm really looking forward to it because it's going to be a really exciting game. Obviously, they are playing a great team so I just want to see how they do in that match-up but it should be a lot of fun."
Bracy has formed a close bond with one of the Florida State assistant coaches - offensive line coach Rick Trickett. For most offensive line prospects that's a scary meeting with the hard tough way Trickett coaches in constantly pushing his players. However, for Bracy he sees a different side of Coach Trickett?
"I call the FSU coaches pretty regularly. I spoke with head coach Jimbo Fisher a couple of weeks ago before my track meet. I did the same with Coach Trickett," noted Bracy. "I just want to keep in contact with them. Coach Trickett and I are just good friends and we talk pretty frequently. I've seen the mean side of Coach Trickett on the field with the energy he brings, but I also get a different side in seeing the guy you want to always be around as well. He and I are always joking around, but just have a great relationship."
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