T.J. Gartrell is running as fast as he can to get out of high school. Well sort of. Gartrell, along with the rest of his Stephenson track teammates hold Georgia's best time in the 4x100. The Jaguars have run a season best 41.2 in the event.
"I did not go to G Day because of track," Gartrell said. "We have the fastest 4x100 in the state." Gartrell runs the 2nd leg for the 4x100 team. But while he is excited about the success of the track team this spring, Gartrell said that he is ready to leave high school.
"I am excited about going to Athens," he said. "I can't wait for high school to end. I just want to graduate; I have been in high school for a long time."
Gartrell said that even though track takes up most of his time right now, he still thinks about football all of the time. "I feel real good about football. I feel like I have a good chance to do some good things at Georgia. I am going to work hard and see how it goes."
Gartrell went on to say that he is going to enroll early at Georgia. He said that he will be on campus in early June. "I am going to summer school," Gartrell said.
Gartrell is not able to religiously participate in the strength and conditioning booklet that the Georgia coaching staff mails out to recruits because of his commitment to the Stephenson track team.
"I can't do too hard of a workout because of track," he said.