* Noah Lyles turned pro after graduating from T.C. Williams (VA) in 2016
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On Wednesday, the latest high school talent announced his decision to turn professional in track and field.
Tampa Hillsborough (FL) High School junior Erriyon Knighton, who set a sophomore national class record in August at the AAU Junior Olympic Games at 200 meters, made the announcement via Track and Field News.
The decision comes a little under a year since the last prep athlete went pro. Last January, fellow Florida athlete and teenager Tamari Davis signed with adidas. Eleven days previous to her announcement, Florida sprinter and Jamaican international Briana Williams turned pro.
In recent years, a handful of teenage track and field stars have signed with management companies straight out of high school and their first years of college ... before the ripe age of 20.
Below is a key of the top high school athletes and college freshmen who have turned pro before the age of 20.
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Teenagers Who've Turned Pro In HS/First Years Of College
|Jaylen Slade||18||High School Junior||IMG Academy (FL)||100/200m||adidas|
|Hobbs Kessler||18||High School Senior||Ann Arbor (MI)||1,500m/3K||adidas|
|Erriyon Knighton||16||High School Junior||Tampa Hillsborough (FL)||100/200||adidas|
|Tamari Davis||16||High School Junior||East Ridge (FL)||100/200||On Track Management||adidas|
|Briana Williams||17||High School Senior||Oakland Park Northeast (FL)||100/200||HSI||Nike|
|Chloe Cunliffe||18||Graduate||West Seattle (WA)||Pole Vault||Paul Doyle||Puma|
|Mondo Duplantis||19||College Freshman||LSU||Pole Vault||JRS Sports Management||Puma|
|Samantha Watson||19||College Freshman||Texas A&M||800m||Adidas|
|Tia Jones||17||High School Senior||Wheeler (GA)||100mH||ICON|
|Sydney McLaughlin||19||College Freshman||Kentucky||400mH||William Morris Endeavor||New Balance|
|Josh Hoey||18||Graduate||Bishop Shanahan (PA)||800/1500||Global Athletics & Marketing||Adidas|
|Austin Hindman||19||College Freshman||Missouri||Triathlon||Project Podium||USA Triathlon|
|Donovan Brazier||19||College Freshman||Texas A&M||800m||Global Athletics & Marketing||Nike|
|Andrew Hunter||18||Graduate||Loudoun Valley (VA)||Distance||Flynn Sports||Adidas|
|Josephus Lyles||18||Graduate||T.C. Williams (VA)||200/400||Global Athletics & Marketing||Adidas|
|Noah Lyles||19||Graduate||T.C. Williams (VA)||100/200||Global Athletics & Marketing||Adidas|
|Khalifa St. Fort||18||High School Senior||St. Thomas Aquinas (FL)||100/200||Flow|
|18||High School Senior||Bishop Gorman (NV)||High Jump||Nike|
|Kaylin Whitney||17||High School||East Ridge (FL)||Triple JUmp||Nike|
|Candace Hill||16||High School Junior||Rockdale County (GA)||100/200||Global Athletics & Marketing||Asics|
|Alexa Efraimson||17||High School Senior||Camas (WA)||Distance||Flynn Sports||Nike|
|Ajee Wilson||18||Graduate||Neptune (NJ)||800m||Flynn Sports||Adidas|
|Mary Cain||17||High School Senior||Bronxville (NY)||Mid-Distance||Ricky Simms||Nike|
|Mondo Duplantis||Story / Film|
|Sydney McLaughlin||Story / Film|
|Khalifa St. Fort||Story|
|Vashti Cunningham||Story / Film|
|Alexa Efraimson||Story / Film Ep. 1 / Film Ep. 2|