One of the fastest high school sprinters in the history of the United State, Elzie set the national high school record in the Indoors 400 meters earlier this year with a 45.92. That time was also the 9th fastest in the world. He also has the fastest Indoor 300 and 600 meters in the nation this year. (See Dyestat links below for 400 meters information and overall Indoor rankings.)
What were some things you were looking for in the school?
"I was looking for a school that has produced good sprinters and has a good overall program. And a team that is more like a family first, then a team."
With that criteria in mind, what schools did you narrow it down to?
"I narrowed it down to Baylor, LSU, the University of Tennessee and South Carolina and Mississippi State. Then, I narrowed it down to Tennessee and Mississippi State."
What schools did you officially visit?
"Just Tennessee and Mississippi State."
What attracted you about Mississippi State?
"It was, basically, the coach, Coach Dudley. He is a great man. That was really what got me. He is not a coach that is all about track. Grades come first and he never gives up on you. It doesn't matter where you stand, he is not going to give up on you and quit.
"Another thing was I loved it (at MSU) on my (official) visit down there. Coming from New York, I thought there was going to be a big difference but I really liked it."
Usually, when a person is fast it is due to heredity. Was your dad fast, also?
"My dad was fast, but it was my coach, Malcolm Burks, that brought it out of me."
What events do you run in high school?
"I run all the relays and the open 200s."
What events will you run at Mississippi State other than the 400 meters?
"I would like to run the 4x1, 4x2 and 4x4."
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