By Cory Mull
On Thursday night, Anthony Schwartz, FloTrack’s No.1 rookie for the sprint, is officially out of the market as a high school footballer and athletics.
The Plantation American Heritage (FL) High senior, a four-star catcher and top sprinter who holds a youth world record in the 100m, enlisted at Auburn University in the first half- time of the Under Armor All-American Game at World Stadium Campground in Orlando, Florida.
And what a recruiting whirlwind it has been for Schwartz, who has been intensely pursued by track and field heavyweights and Power Five football schools including Auburn, Miami, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Michigan, among others.
That list didn’t even include the University of Houston, which is quickly becoming one of the top sprinting schools in the country and has taken on Schwartz – the key recruiter being former Olympian Carl Lewis.
At Auburn, Schwartz will work exclusively with Tigers sprint coach Henry Rolle, who is in his 19th year with the Tigers. He is originally from the Bahamas and has an exceptional youth and a college background.
While Schwartz, who ran 10.15 seconds at the Florida Relays last spring to set his youth world record, is only technically committed to Auburn, it almost certainly ends the Florida native’s recruiting process to ‘February 7, when he can officially sign with the Tigers. Schwartz contributed to the fourth American Heritage Championship in the past five seasons.
Throughout, Schwartz maintained that he was only going for a program that would allow him to keep an equal balance between football and track throughout his college career.
And the Tigers can actually allow him to do that. If so, they arguably get the most accomplished sprint talent in the country for the Class of 2018.
Schwartz ran a 10.15 windward time, earning him the sixth fastest 100m prep ever – and the fastest in March – but he also won a national 100m championship. at New Balance Nationals Outdoor (10.27), finished second at the Adidas Boost Games (10.41), and won a third place at the United States Jr. Championships (10.40), qualifying him for the Pan American Games Jr. Relay Team from Team USA. He recorded five legal wind times under 10.40 over the season.
He also set a legal wind record of 20.66 in the 200m (one of two in his junior season) and recorded five legal wind times under 21.15. He was second behind Tyrese Cooper in the event at NBNO.
He was an accomplished relay specialist who led the US team to the Pan American Junior Games, helping the US junior team to the top spot.
He even battled injury at the Florida State Competition, Class 2A, choosing to cross the finish line in the 200m after already worsening his hamstrings in the 100m, finishing last.
Schwartz is not only a prime-time rookie for Auburn’s football team – a threat of speed to one of the best teams in the country – but he will almost certainly have an impact on the world of football. collegiate athletics, and probably as early as possible.