When the first day of the National Letter of Intent signing period arrived for track and field athletes on November 9, there was no grand announcement from MileSplit's No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2023, Micah Larry, the exceptional sprinter and jumper out of Montverde Academy (FL).
That's because the North Carolina native was still in the thick of his recruiting.
In late October, we learned, the Montverde Academy (FL) senior made a visit to Florida State. Then in November, he followed with an unofficial to Auburn.
He ultimately narrowed down his list to six schools: Texas, Georgia, Southern California, Florida State, LSU and Texas A&M.
All that time spent on campuses wasn't for naught. For an athlete who had been chased by a variety of programs, by big Power Five teams with famed coaches, he didn't want those experiences to overshadow one another.
And so he didn't rush it.
By Tuesday, however, he was ready to go. And even Larry had something up his sleeve.
Filming from a dock and with his fishing rod in tow, he threw a lure out to the water and hooked something fast. He reeled his lure back in and hung it from his line.
Then he bit it off and threw that catch on his head.
A Georgia hat.
"It's wet but we country, you know what I'm saying?" he said. "I like to thank my coaches ...so we going to Georgia, ooo."
"I'm really excited for Micah," said Gerald Phiri, Montverde's director of track and field and cross country. "Micah has a dynamic and lovable personality. It made it difficult to initially narrow down his visits because he has an ability of creating a bond with just about anyone.
"It was very clear to me that Georgia left the greatest mark in his heart and he felt home there. Coach Caryl is an amazing coach and I believe that she is the right person to guide his budding career."
On the track, Larry exhibits some serious credentials. He left the 2022 season as the national leader in the long jump with a wind-legal mark of 25 feet, 11.5 inches -- a performance made all the more special by the fact that it came at the Florida state championships.
But beyond his potential in the jumps, Larry also developed into an exceptional sprinter over the 2022 campaign, pocketing a wind-aided mark of 10.16w in the 100m and a wind-legal effort of 10.27.
He claimed two Florida state titles in the 100m and 200m, authoring a wind-legal time of 21.06 in the latter event.
Beyond that 25-11.5 mark in the long jump, Larry also registered marks of 24-9, 23-10.5 and 23-8.5.
Indoors, Larry owns a PR of 24-2.5 in the long jump and has gone 6.81 in the 60m.
Larry joins a class that also includes Mekhi Gammons, ranked No. 7 in the Class of 2023; and Conner Inman, who's a talented mid-distance runner. Larry's teammate, Zyaire Nuriddin, signed with Tennessee just days ago.
Before transferring to Montverde Academy, Larry competed for Rolesville High School in North Carolina.