* Gatlin Bair is a top 50 football recruit and MileSplit's No. 2 track athlete in the Class of 2024
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Burrowed within the top 50 track and field recruits in the country are quite the formidable bunch of football players.
In fact, 14-percent of MileSplit's top 50 recruits in the Class of 2024 are NCAA Division I football commits with glittery pedigrees. Two more top 200 football recruits, Jerrae Hawkins (IMG Academy) and Caden Durham (Duncanville) are among the top sprinters in the nation -- and members of two prestigious prep track programs.
Four more athletes on our honorable mention list are also top-level football recruits, with two of them ranked as three-star athletes -- Will Henderson and Armani Cargo.
The crossover appeal of track and field has long been known in football circles.
But perhaps what's different in 2024 is the amount of elite, five-star-level recruits on both sides of the sporting landscape during this signing period.
Of the seven track and field recruits on our top 50 list who are also football signees, three of them are top 100 players nationwide in football -- meaning they're rated as four-star recruits on the gridiron.
In total, we counted (at least) 13 crossover athletes this signing period who could make a massive difference for collegiate track programs as well as football teams.
|MS50 Rank||Name||High School||COmmitment||247 Rank|
|No. 2||Gatlin Bair||Burley (ID)||Boise State||No. 35|
|No. 4||Jelani Watkins||Klein Forest (TX)||Louisiana State||No. 96|
|No. 6||Jordan Washington||Long Beach Jordan (CA)||Arizona||No. 221|
|No. 9||Ernest Campbell||Refugio (TX)||Texas A&M||No. 405|
|No. 10||Micahi Danzy||Florida (FL)||Florida State||No. 238|
|No. 11||Dwight Phillips||Pebblebrook (GA)||Georgia||No. 171|
|No. 23||Brayden Platt||Yelm (WA)||Oregon||No. 50|
|NR||Jerrae Hawkins||IMG Academy (FL)||Florida||No. 183|
|NR||Caden Durham||Duncanville (TX)||Louisiana State||No. 195|
|HM||Will Henderson||Gilmer (TX)||Not committed||No. 1,313|
|HM||Armani Cargo||John Ehret (LA)||Tulane||No. 1,097|
|HM||Jazonte Levan||Seaford (DE)||Old Dominion||NR|
|HM||Kameron Franklin||Frisco Heritage (TX)||Not committed||NR|
An additional two recruits on our top 50 list are top 200 recruits, while if we added Hawkins and Durham to the mix, that number would rise to four top 200 football athletes
The only question worth pondering after National Signing Day is exactly whether any of these athletes will ever don a track uniform again.
Four of our top 10 recruits in the Class of 2024 are all football players -- Gatlin Bair, Jelani Watkins, Jordan Washington and Ernest Campbell.
But Watkins and Campbell might be interesting candidates to go two-ways.
Watkins is a multiple-time state track champion in Texas who is set to attend LSU, while Campbell is a small-school phenom who has racked up accolades in football and track and is headed to Texas A&M.
Both the Tigers and Aggies have won track and field national titles before. Watkins and Campbell could add dangerous levels of ability to both of those teams.
Brayden Platt, meanwhile, has already confirmed he's set to compete both ways while at Oregon, long considered the nation's premier blue-blood track program.
Platt won a national outdoor title in the javelin last year with a mark of 228-1 -- the nation's No. 1 mark.
This much is true: these football players will have a step on their counterparts in 2024.
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