17 year Erriyon Knighton posting the third fastest time in the world has the ticket to Tokyo. The youngest American track and field athlete to participate in the games since Jim Ryun in 1964.
Using Track and Field as training for football the senior is a wide reciever and beinv courted by sec colleges and universities around the nation.
Football programs in Alabama , Auburn ,Florida , Tennessee and others have presented the student athlete to attend their programs. His coach in tampa believes he can bring back gold as the 6'3" 170lbs begins his preparation and training to represent team USA, in the 200m and possible to have a relay leg position in the sprints.
He is planning to play football in 2021 fall season. And money is on The gators securing his talent after graduation.
He stated to Track and Field magazine, in a February article.
"I’ve been extremely successful in both training and competition. I believe if I work hard, I will eventually develop to be a world-class athlete. I’m soaking it all up, all the knowledge."
In the finals he ran 3rd behind the 2019 and current world champion. Setting a new under 20 record in the process.
registered a time of 19.84 seconds in the finals.
Last fall, Knighton told Florida Today, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, that he had received offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee and Florida, among others. Major recruiting services, including 247 Sports, rated him as a four-star prospect thanks to his combination of height and speed.
This athlete hasn't even been to a senior prom yet.