Fresh off a national championship, Coach O is back on the recruiting trail.
The LSU head coach recently took a visit to Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas.
There, he met with Leon Paul, the school's head boys track coach and an assistant varsity football coach.
Paul posted a snippet of their conversation on Twitter, and it was too good not to share:
— Duncanville Track & Field (@Duncanville_TF) January 23, 2020
Duncanville boasts one of the best football programs in the state of Texas. Last season, they went 15-1 and finished as Texas 6A D-I state runners-up. Duncanville consistently produces high-caliber prospects, such as class of 2020 quarterback Ja'Quinden Jackson, who signed with the University of Texas.
Earlier this month, Paul shared a video comparing Jackson's football speed before and after he decided to start running track:
1st video is before he ever ran track. 2nd video is after a full track season. YOU TELL ME IF TRACK CAN HELP YOU BECOME BETTER AT FOOTBALL. If you ask @JaayUpNext_ he will say yes! The difference between those videos is crazy!#DuncanvilleSpeed#JumpMan pic.twitter.com/g1fsgn8EQu
— Duncanville Track & Field (@Duncanville_TF) January 10, 2020
That many of Duncanville's football players run track certainly isn't the only ingredient to their success, but it's undoubtedly part of the puzzle.
According to Tracking Football, 57% of the players on LSU's championship roster ran track in high school, while 81% played multiple sports.
Going out for the track team might not turn every slowpoke into a speedster, but taking several months out of the year to focus primarily on speed development is something many young athletes can benefit from.
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