Just a sophomore in high school Tavien Feaster of Spartanburg High School has already shown us he's got a great mind when it comes to being able to focus on the task at hand. He's also shown us that he could be an excellent poker player if he chose to be one.
We spoke with Feaster almost a week ago and our conversation mostly focused on his task at hand, competing at the track and field state championships. We mentioned that we knew Penn State was on campus to show their interest and he acknowledged it but he clearly wanted to talk about his "drive phase" and trying to win a state title on the track.
Move forward a week later and Feaster conquered his goals winning state titles in both the 100 meters and 200 meters.
"I ran a 10.59 in the 100 meters and a 21.29 in the 200 meters," Feaster said.
So how did he feel after accomplishing the goal we had talked about a week earlier?
"I was very happy, it feels great because I prepared myself for it and went and got it."
After he accomplished the illustrious "100-200 sweep" Feaster let the cat out of the bag so to speak. He'd gotten a big offer.
Alabama offered (Thursday). In a day and age where kids hit social media with the news of their latest offers almost immediately Feaster chose not to. He held it to himself because he was focused on the task at hand, winning those state titles on the track.
So we asked Feaster how it feels to land an offer from powerhouse Alabama?
"It felt great! They are one of the best running schools in the country. So that opens my eyes as a running back."
Feaster told us that coach Kevin Steele extended the offer to him from Alabama.
Oh yeah and there were some other offers that came this week for Feaster. Cue the poker player reference made earlier.
The young prospect is very knowledgeable about the programs already too.
"With Penn State and coach Franklin taking over I see he's forming a great program there."
Asked about Georgia he responded, "Its a running back school, I know they are going to run it and use the back all the time. They go to a lot of formations with their backs."
And with Florida he had this to say, "They are a mixture of speed and power. They create big holes for the back and he just runs away from everybody."
So we asked the 2016 how he was able to keep those offers under wraps for so long?
"It was hard but I knew that the state championships were right there in front of me so I had to go get it."
Considering he's just a sophomore in high school college coaches will likely love his mental toughness and strength in being able to focus on the task at hand.
With offers from some of the heavyweight college football programs in the country already Feaster told us what's next on his agenda.
"I go straight into football practice and yeah I will try and get to some of the schools (that have offered) between now and the summer."
We asked Feaster what other schools out there specifically that he knows are showing heavy interest?
"It's a lot of schools showing interest right now. I'm not sure who's going to offer next so I'm just going to keep going hard and trying to get better everyday."
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