Striving Towards Excellence

Florida State signee DeCody Fagg has been busy since the prep football season. Fagg, the Big Bend Offensive Player of the Year, also excelled in basketball and is currently on the track team at Shanks High School. But there's more news. Fagg has worked just as hard in the classroom as he prepares to take the ACT Saturday. Click here for an update on DeCody.

DeCody Fagg figured it looked easy enough.


Fagg, the standout receiver from Quincy Shanks High School who signed with Florida State last February, was running pass routes last week when he noticed a handful of his prep teammates taking turns running 80-yard sprints – with an opened parachute behind their backs.

"It was very, very difficult," Fagg said and laughed.

In fact, Fagg's father, Don, a former two-sport collegiate standout and former running back in the United States Football League, strapped the parachute to his back and took off. He didn't get far.

"I went about 50 yards and couldn't finish – but that's okay because I am a golfer now," Don Fagg said and smiled.

Decody Fagg, meanwhile, hasn't stopped working since football season,when he was selected the Big Bend Offensive Player of the Year by the Tallahassee Democrat. Fagg caught 41 passes for 806 yards and 11 touchdowns, rushed 25 times for 210 yards and two touchdowns and was a constant threat on special teams. He also was second-team All-Big Bend in basketball and is currently running track as well for Shanks.

Fagg is working just as hard in the class room.

Fagg has spent the past six weeks with a private tutor in preparation for Saturday's ACT and says he's one point shy of his qualifying test score. Fagg and his tutor have worked two hours each night on Tuesdays and Thursdays and up to four hours on Saturdays.

"I am ready for Saturday," Fagg said. "It's just about being relaxed and confident."

Fagg, 18, also is working towards being in tip-top shape when he reports to FSU this summer. The 6-2 Fagg is nearly 200 pounds – up from his playing weight of 190 last season – thanks to his four-day weight-training sessions. In addition to running track (4X 100), Fagg continues to play basketball in addition to joining his teammates for sprints with an opened parachute strapped to their back.

"I am up to five 80-yard sprints followed by four 40-yard sprints," Fagg said. "It's a great workout. I am looking forward (to FSU). I went by their first scrimmage and talked to the receivers. They are looking great. I am really excited to get out there."

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