In the 2012 Under Armour High School All-American football game, Florida State Seminole commits QB Jameis Winston and WR Marvin Bracy put on stellar performances, leaving the FSU fan base wondering what was going to happen when the two standouts were playing together in Tallahassee. Both redshirted in 2012, meaning we would all have to wait until this upcoming season to witness the kind of havoc the duo can create on the field together.
Now, we won’t find that out.
According to several outlets including Warchant, Bracy (pictured in the middle above) has chosen to pursue a professional track career instead of a career on the gridiron. It’s a move that–while disappointing for football fans–makes sense and was probably inevitable.
Coming out of high school, Bracy was a four-star recruit at the wideout position and unquestionably considered one of the best in the nation. He had the world-class speed as well as the pass-catching abilities to go with it. His athletic one-handed TD catch in the Under Armour game referenced above is clear evidence of that.
But, Bracy was also a national track sensation. Originally, he had committed himself to both activities. The freshman redshirted last season, but was also named the offense’s scout team player of the year–making FSU fans even more eager to see him on the field this season.
However, when spring rolled around and Bracy began his track journey, it was more than obvious that his future was maybe a bit brighter in this field. Back in February, he ran an astonishing 6.54 in the indoor 60-meter dash–the fastest time in the nation and seventh-fastest in the entire world.
In the end, it’s really no surprise that Bracy is making this move now. At not even 20-years old, there is still time for him to come back to football, should the track career not work out for some reason or another.
With the next Summer Olympics taking place in 2016, there’s ample time for Bracy to prepare to please an entire country with his talents–not just a college football fan base.