Bracy ready for short trip to UA Game
It's likely that ESPNU 150 four-star athlete Marvin Bracy (Orlando, Fla./Boone) will be the most traveled player in the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game.
It's almost a guarantee he'll be the fastest.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder was presented with his official game jersey Wednesday at his school, and for him it was like at dream come true.
"I remember when I got the call and the invitation it was just a real happy day," Bracy said. "I've watched the game for the last few years and I had a lot of friends in the game. It's right here in my home state and it's a chance to play in front of my family and friends."
Bracy, a Florida State commit, said that 2011 All-Americans Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Karlos Williams, Mike Bellamy and Justin Scott-Wesley are all friends who convinced him to choose the game.
"I've known [Clinton-Dix] and Karlos from training together, and Mike Bellamy I've known forever," Bracy said. "I know Justin from a lot of national track events."
Track is something that Bracy is nationally known for. Arguably the fastest man in America under the age of 20, Bracy has competed worldwide over the last few years.
"Track has given me many opportunities to see the world," Bracy said. "It's lovely to have an all-expenses paid trip to go to some fancy place.
"They take care of you and you just get to enjoy the experience and the sights of these places I may never see again."
And while the track experience is great, Bracy has often been labeled as a track athlete who happens to play football. A label that he does not appreciate.
"It kind of [bothers] me a little but I try not to let anything define me," Bracy said. "[Track] is a different opportunity and something I've only started doing the last few years.
"But I've been playing football since I was 6 and it's the sport that I've always been committed to. I am a football player and everyone who has watched me play knows that."
Bracy also says his travels through track helped him in the football recruiting process.
"I have seen a lot of things already so I know what I'm looking for," Bracy said. "A lot of prospects get caught up in the presentation and the facilities, but I'm always trying to see what's behind the curtain.
"Also my team of trainers and coaches help because they know the deal and they understand how the recruiting game is played."
Bracy committed to the Seminoles early in the season and credits it to a strong relationship with the coaches and the school.
"FSU was the first school that was really on me back when I was a sophomore so they had a little bit of the upper hand," Bracy said. "But the more I went to Tallahassee and talked with the coaches I just felt at ease there.
"It's a good town, a fun town, and there's a great atmosphere around there. My relationships with the coaches and the players are strong, and I expect they will just get stronger."
As for the game, Bracy is eager to participate and should generate a buzz every time he gets the ball in his hands.
"I just want to grab the moment and enjoy the competition," Bracy said. "It's the biggest high school game on a national stage and we're all going to be working hard to have that moment that can make the people go 'wow.'
"I'm thankful and I give the glory to God for this opportunity."
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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