Anthony Schwartz may be the fastest athlete in the country, and colleges around the country are taking notice.
Schwartz, a two-sport athlete out of American Heritage High in Plantation (Fl.), ran the 100m in 10.15 seconds on Friday at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville. It’s the fastest 100m ever recorded in March and it gave Schwartz the World Youth record in the event.
“That’s the fastest I’ve ever run the 100,” Schwartz said. “It felt great, I turned around and looked at the clock and saw 10.15, and I felt all my hard work had paid off. And also, I didn’t even run a perfect race. I stumbled out of the blocks.”
While he appears all but set for a prolific track and field career, Schwartz is also a three-star wide receiver prospect with more than 25 scholarship offers from programs across the country.
— Florida Runners (@flrunners) April 2, 2017
And what better place than Gainesville for Schwartz to give UF track coach Mike Holloway and UF assistant coaches Kerry Dixon and Randy Shannon a front-row view of his collegiate potential.
“I met him for a little bit at the meet this weekend,” Schwartz said of Holloway, who led UF to an NCAA Outdoor Championship in 2016.
“Florida said they’ll let me do both (track and football), but I would be on a football scholarship.”
But don’t count out Miami (Fl.) when it comes to signing Schwartz. Miami has been in consistent contact with Schwartz, and the 5-foot-11 prospect took an unofficial visit March 25th to see the Hurricanes’ campus.
“Miami have been telling me that I can do track and football, too,” Schwartz said.
“I feel like they really want me, and I feel like their track team is up and coming and they have some of the best coaches. So that also makes me feel good if I want to go to Miami.”
Yet before he takes another visit to see the Hurricanes in Coral Gables, Schwartz plans on returning to Gainesville for Friday’s Orange and Blue Debut Game at 7:30 p.m.
“I think I’m going to Florida and then Auburn’s spring games,” Schwarz said. “Then I’m visiting Georgia in a couple of weeks.”
When it comes to Schwartz’s recruitment, however, track and field may be the deciding factor.
Like former UF running back Jeff Demps, whose 100m Florida Relays record was quashed by Schwartz on Friday, Schwartz isn’t ready to give up his passion just yet.
“My biggest factor is a coach who lets me do both football and track,” Schwartz said. “Because of that, my top is really more like Florida, Georgia and Miami.”
Extremely blessed to be invited to play in the 2018 Under Armour All-American Game🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/m2ikRiqcOl
— Anthony Schwartz (@anthony_flash10) April 1, 2017