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Anthony Schwartz is a fast fast man.
He recently clocked a 10.15 in the 100 meters. It stands as the sixth-best all-time high school effort in that event. He’s also an SEC football prospect at receiver.
The junior speedster hails from the same American Heritage program which sent Marshall Morgan, Isaiah McKenize and Sony Michel to Athens. Not all of the top prospects from that school wind up at UGA, but that is still a good foundation nonetheless.
The 6-foot, 172-pounder received his invitation to the Nike elite “The Opening” showcase in Miami back in February. Schwartz visited UGA for about six hours earlier this week and came away impressed.
Anthony Schwartz clocked a staggering 10.15 seconds in the 100 meters last month. That is rare speed for a high school track All-American, much less a coveted SEC football prospect. (Student Sports / Special)
His top schools now sound like Auburn, Florida and Georgia. He said those schools are all “close” and should be not be prioritized in any specific order.
How does he feel about his visit to Georgia?
“It felt very different from my visits to Miami,” he said. “It was a bigger campus than what I’m used to seeing.”
He’s rated as a 3-star prospect and the nation’s No. 73 receiver for 2018. There is some intrigue about his future.
Does that track speed translate to football? The 4.37 laser time he clocked at the Miami Opening regional should settle that. So should his selection as one of the standout receivers in the nation to attend Nike’s elite summer showcase at its world headquarters.
Will he make his living running track? Or is he passionate about football?
When he told me he’d rather win a Heisman Trophy than an Olympic gold medal, it added an interesting wrinkle to that discussion.
How to sign Anthony Schwartz
Schwartz also said school he plans to attend will have to come up with a plan that fosters his football and track ambitions.
“UGA is going to put me on a certain program so I don’t overuse my body in the spring,” he said.
The recent visit opened his eyes. He liked the vibe of the receivers room. The energy he saw out of Georgia’s James Coley impressed him. It seemed fun and real and raw all at the same time.
“Very energetic and down to earth,” Schwartz said of Coley.
Georgia receivers coach James Coley made a good impression on Florida speed demon WR Anthony Schwartz. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation.com)
He said the visit helped Georgia’s chances “a lot” and the best part was the receivers room.
“It was lit,” Schwartz told DawgNation.
The coaches genuinely made him feel like a priority. Kirby Smart told him he wanted him along a long chat. The head coach told him that he could really help the team.
“I liked the way the campus is set up,” he said. “I liked the coaches. The team was good and they seemed like a family.”
Anthony Schwartz plans to look at the football and track options equally when making his college decision. (Student Sports /Special)
He plans to come back and said Georgia would likely get an official visit.
Florida will be a tough team to grapple with here. The Gators were the school he dreamed of growing up.
He also said Florida has shown him the best plan so far of balancing his studies in accounting with football and track.
Look for him to make his decision sometime before his senior season. Oregon is also a school that has made him a priority.
The Ducks also have an elite college track program. He said that he thinks he could make the quickest impact for Oregon. He feels he could hit the field faster there in comparison to his SEC options.
Schwartz plans to look at the football and track opportunities equally. That was interesting. Especially given how well the UGA track team performed this year in the NCAA indoors.
The American Heritage speedster did attend the spring games at Auburn and Florida. He’s not sure about G-Day on April 22 as of yet.
He did state that he can see himself at UGA. It seemed to him like Florida and Georgia offer the best academic options in terms of his plans to pursue his degree.
Have things changed up with Joe Milton?
In a word, yes.
It seems DawgNation’s fly-by of all things QB recruiting for 2018 wasn’t entirely up-to-date when it came to the prospects for 4-star Florida dual-threat Joe Milton.
Milton — who has been projected to Florida — is no longer a strong projection to the Gators. I’ve checked into this situation this week and it appears the chances of him going somewhere other than his home state Gators are valid.
The 6-foot-5 dual-threat is rated as a pro-style passer. He’s got a big arm and can launch the ball some 70 yards with ease. But he’s not very polished. Yet.
Milton did not complete a high ratio of his passes last year for his high school team. He was not near the 55-to-60 percent ratio that should be the expectation of every QB prospect.
But that’s not a bad thing here. If Milton chose UGA, the young depth at QB would give him a lot of time to grow as a passer. He could refine the issues he needs to work on. The presence of Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm would give him ample time to develop.
That said, Milton still rates as the nation’s No. 12 pro-style passer and No. 307 overall prospect for 2018. His upside is vast.
As it stands now, he looks like Georgia’s best bet at QB in 2018. His 7-on-7 coach Keiwan Ratliff had made some recent comments about Milton and his chances to sign with UGA.
I thought that was previously just a smokescreen. Those words drew a lot of attention because Ratliff is a former Florida standout at receiver. I’ve gotten some new information which indicates those words were not a feint to drum up the suspense in an eventual pledge to the Gators.
Georgia’s chances to land Milton are a lot better right now than what I’d previously been led to believe.
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