July 14, 2011

Bracy's impact may benefit FSU track more than football

ORLANDO-- Four-star speedster Marvin Bracy's decision to commit for Florida State on Thursday definitely made head coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff happy, but track and field head coach Bob Braman may benefit more from the decision.

Bracy isn't just a star on the gridiron, but he's a world-class track athlete as well. Last month during the USA Track and Field Junior (19-and-under) Championships in Eugene, Oregon the Boone High star posted a blistering time of 10.05 to win the 100-meter dash title. It's the second-fastest time in Florida high school history, 10.05 seconds, to run away with the 100-meter dash title, despite a tight hamstring.

The 5'10, 167-pounder trains for track with former FSU sprinter Ricky Argro. The two have know each other since Bracy was in middle school, but Argro has only been training him to run track for just under two years.

"Marvin is like a sponge," Argro said of how quickly he's picked up the nuances of sprinting. "Stuff that would take most kids an entire year to learn-Marvin has picked up certain aspects of running within a two-three week span. Stuff that mechanically shouldn't come as naturally to a person has come to Marvin so fast."

Despite being a former Seminole, Argro said he never tried to push Bracy to Tallahassee, but the decision has made him extremely proud.

"I've tried to go through this process with Marvin having as much as an open mind is possible, and having him keep an open mind possible," he said. "Just having him see what was the best fit for him. When I went through the process, Florida State was my dream school, but it was also the best fit for me. He's always leaned on me and I give him as much as I can, good or bad."

At FSU Bracy will work with sprints coach Ken Harden, who has coached Argro, as well as national champions Walter Dix and Ngoni Makusha.

"I had an in home visit with him and enjoyed that a lot," Bracy said of Harden.

He also said that what Braman and Hardern have done the past seven years for FSU speaks for itself.

"They got second (at the NCAA championships) and they've won the ACC championship [seven] years in a row," he said during his announcement Thursday. "It doesn't get no better than that."

Bracy will close out the 2011 track season Friday as a member of Team USA in the Pan American Junior Championships in Miramar, Florida.

Argro said that being a member of both the track and football teams next year at FSU will be more mentally taxing for Bracy than it will be physically because of how he trains. But if he can stay injury free and buys into Coach Harden's training he will not just contribute for the 'Noles as a freshman, but he should compete for a national title.

"I think Marvin has the potential, if he gets into a program and barring any injury, picks up on the coaches' philosophies and what they're trying to teach him and he progresses the way he's been progressing in high school he could be a national champ as a freshman," Argro said. "I have no doubts in my mind that's a possibility."

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