A football player who fits that description is Dillard wide receiver Harry Adams who continues to prove his sub 4.4 clocking in the 40-yard dash at last year's Auburn Summer Football Camp was no fluke.
The only sophomore member of the All-USA boys high school track team named by USA Today after posting times of 10.33 in the 100 meter dash and 21.01 in the 200 meter dash, Adams has continued his exceptional running this spring. Recently he recorded a time of 10.20 seconds for 100 meters to win the county title and his Dillard 4x100 relay team has the fastest time in the country this year with a 41.22 set at the Broward County meet.
In addition to his notoriety as a track star, what Adams can do on a football field is also worthy of notice. In his first year of organized football as a junior, Adams was an impressive figure for the Panthers in the return game and at wide receiver despite playing for mostly a running team.
His four punt returns for touchdowns and one kickoff return for a touchdown to go along with four receiving scores gave a glimpse of what he can do using his blazing speed. It was enough to get him two early offers with more schools waiting in the wings.
While he's not sure of an offer from the Tigers at the moment, Adams says the one thing he's sure of is that he wants one from Auburn. Scheduled to be back on the Plains for a football camp in June, he says he can't wait to show what he can do and hopes to leave with the offer he's looking for.
"I'm going right to Auburn," Adams says. "That's the first camp I'll go to. If they offer me right now I would love to go there. I would love to go to Auburn. I can't wait until my senior year so I can go on an official visit and check the school out. Right now I'm real interested in Auburn."
A standout at Dillard, Adams has the chance to carry on a tradition of standouts from his school at Auburn. Starting with Otis Mounds in 1991, every Auburn team with the exception of Tommy Tuberville's first squad in 1999 has had at least one Dillard player on the roster. Names such as Frank Sanders, Calvin Jackson, James Bostic, Charles Dorsey, Junior Rosegreen, Stanley McClover and now Pat Sims have all made their marks at Auburn and Adams says that's something he has to consider when looking at the Tigers.
"It's important to me," Adams says. "I know some of our players went to Auburn and came out successful in the pros. That's big."
With the speed to run with anybody in the country, Adams says he is looking to improve on the finer points of the game at the wide receiver position before next season. After having the chance to get used to the game, he says he found out several things he needs to work on to better his game.
"I need to work on my techniques of running routes and catching balls," Adams says. "My speed is up to par but I need to work on those things."