Myles McDavid, a multi-sport standout from Evans High School, narrowed his focus Thursday when he signed a letter of intent to run track at Georgia Tech.
“The best part is just knowing that I have somewhere to go after school and I have a home now,” McDavid said.
During his senior year at Evans, McDavid was all-region in football and basketball. He finished third in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump at the Class AAAA state track meet.
As a Yellow Jacket, however, he’ll just be out on the track.
“I asked the coach if I was able to do any other sports, but they’ve taken so much of a liking to me they don’t want me to take a risk of getting hurt,” McDavid said.
Evans track coach Eric Watson was happy with the decision McDavid made.
“He picked a school with excellent jump coaches,” Watson said. “It speaks volumes about him that he was able to get into Georgia Tech at all.”
McDavid was not lacking for suitors, listening to offers from Division I programs in South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Ultimately, Georgia Tech was the right fit for him.
“I just felt it was better suited for me,” McDavid said. “It’s in-state and closer to home and I’m actually able to focus on my field of engineering,” McDavid said, who added he wants to become a civil engineer.
McDavid’s father was also happy that his son selected the school he did.
“It’s about going for engineering and you can’t beat Georgia Tech,” said retired Sgt. 1st Class Anthony McDavid, who moved the family to Augusta from Germany in 2009 so his son could get some exposure.
Having been overseas and part of a military family will help McDavid transition to college.
“I really don’t have a problem with meeting new people and then I’ve already been on a visit and met some of the guys,” Myles McDavid said.
To get ready for the rigors of a Division I program, McDavid will continue to train during the summer months.
“I’m going to be doing some junior national stuff with an AAU track team,” McDavid said. “I had to find something to stay in shape.”