RB Commits to CU Track

Crest steedster will also try to play football for the Tigers. <BR>

Speedy tailback Travis Padgett of Shelby (N.C.) Crest High School didn't wait until February to sign his letter of intent. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder, who owns a legit 4.30-second forty-yard dash time, signed with Clemson to run track for the Tigers this past Tuesday.

"Clemson has always been on his mind," explained Coach Roy Kirby, head coach of Crest High School's football team. "He's been down there a bunch, he went down there and met with the track people and of course he's been to a football game. I think he wants to do both.

"When you go to a football game at Clemson there's 80 or 90 thousand people in there screaming so it's a pretty wild place. I think he really enjoyed that.

"It's two hours away so his dad can come watch him, and I think that was a part of it also."

This decision might end any sort of recruiting of the two-sport star, but it doesn't end his football career. Track is first and foremost for Padgett, but he will walk-on the Tigers football team.

"Travis is a running back," remarked Kirby. "I know he's only 5'9"-5'9 ½", but he can play football at any level. He can fly and he can catch the ball and return kicks. I'm sure once they get him there and get him on campus and start working with him they'll see what's best for their team, but I'd be surprised if he's not carrying the ball at sometime."

Padgett has been timed electronically as fast as 10.47 in the 100 meter on the track. On the gridiron where he shares time with another division I tailback, Padgett is over 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns rushing.

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