16-year-old sprint phenom Erriyon Knighton is going pro.
According to Track and Field News, According to Track and Field News, Knighton has decided to sign with Adidas and forego his remaining high school eligibility. Knighton will not compete at Hillsborough high school in Florida.
“I know I can maximize to the subsequent level,” Knighton said. “I’ve needed to see what I can do. i would like to win against the highest athletes, but I do know they’re not getting to make it easy on me, so I’m getting to need to train really hard.”
Knighton is currently both the sophomore national class and AAU Junior Olympic 200m record holder. Former pro sprinters and current Stellar Athletics agents Ramon Clay and John Regis will reportedly represent Knighton.
In addition to his track and field career, Knighton was also a star on the gridiron for Hillsborough as a four-star wide receiver consistent with 247Sports with offers from Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa State, Tennessee, and Toledo.
“Knowing that I grew up around football my whole life, and receiving tons of D1 offers, it had been a troublesome decision, but it had been also a no-brainer,” Knighton said. “In track, the success of my career is fully in my hands, and that I know that I can roll in the hay .”
Knighton is simply the fifth high school sprinter to show pro since 2015, but the third to try to do so within the last year.
“More athletes, they’re trying to form that jump early,” Adidas professional coach Gary Evans told flrunners.com. “As of immediately, we’re 0-for-2 thereon. So now we’ve subsequent three: Tamari [Davis], Briana [Williams], and Erriyon. I’m hoping one among these athletes can change that, that they will come straight out of high school and be pro. I’m hoping one among these next three can change the attitude .”