Speed. Some just have it. In the case of Willis, Texas wide receiver Chris Platt it is safe to say he has a gift.
At 5-11, 175 pounds, Platt is a two-time 4A 400m state champion. He claimed the prize as a freshman in 2011 with a 47.34 and repeated as a sophomore in 2012 with a 47.06. Track programs near and far have already taken an interest. However, new competition has entered the mix and in a different sport.
As a junior, Platt turned heads on the football field. In 2012 he was a two-way standout for Willis and took home district special teams player of the year honors. On Wednesday, he received his first offer from Baylor.
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"It came as a surprise but I saw the interest," Platt said. "I was completely shocked. I didn't know what to say. I was lost for words."
The offer caught him by surprise but it also caught his attention and the Bears along with two others currently sit at the top of his interest list on the football field.
"Not in order but Baylor, A&M, and UT," Platt said. "Football-wise I like A&M's offensive game. I like their running game and the wide receivers there and how they're recruiting them. Baylor, I just like the offense overall and how they run the ball and make big plays out of their wide receivers. And UT, I like the run game and the receivers and the passing game."
He has not yet decided whether he will play football or focus on track or do both on the college level, but when it comes to track his interest list is a little different.
"I really only have two in mind (in track) and that's A&M and Baylor," Platt said. "Baylor, they have a good 4x4 and A&M all around it's a really good track team."
This fall, Platt was able to attend a Texas A&M football game when they hosted Sam Houston State, and particularly enjoyed the atmosphere and the crowd. He also plans to visit Baylor soon for the Bears February 2 Junior Day.
In addition to football and track, Platt is also the starting shooting guard for the Willis basketball team.