Watch Notre Dame football signee Deion Colzie shatter the Athens Academy high jump record - ABH
Had Athens Academy's Deion Colzie not chosen Notre Dame to continue his football career, the senior likely would have many college track and field coaches ready to hand him a scholarship.
The four-star receiver cleared a high jump of 6 feet, 8 inches to up his personal best, and Athens Academy record, by an inch on Thursday and win the event at the Area Track Championship at Clarke Central. The school was hosting its first event on a newly renovated track that was completed last week.
Colzie's jump on Thursday would have won the Class A Private championship two years ago when he finished third with a jump of 6 feet, 4 inches. Stratford Academy's McKinley Thompson won the state title that year with a 6 feet, 6 inch leap. Last year's state meet was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He beat the field on Thursday by six inches.
The 6-foot-4 four-star receiver twice pledged to Notre Dame, his final commitment coming in September after backing off a previous pledge. He signed with the Irish in December. He He had 590 yards receiving on 32 catches and seven touchdowns in nine games this past season.
Teammates greeted Colzie with hugs and high fives after eclipsing his career high jump, and his mother, Yolanda Jackson, took to Twitter to congratulate Colzie by stating that she was a #1proudmomma.