There are a number of outstanding athletes attending Department of Defense Dependents Schools overseas that never get the kind of recognition their stateside counterparts receive.
To that end, then-Sgt 1st. Class Anthony McDavid moved his family to the Augusta area in 2009 from Mannheim, Germany, so his son, Myles, could be seen.
“The main reason we came back from Germany was to get him some exposure,” Mr. McDavid said.
With Myles’ athletic and academic prowess having been on display for three years – one at Grovetown and the past two at Evans – it led to his signing a letter of intent to run track for Georgia Tech on Thursday.
“The best part is just knowing that I have somewhere to go after school and I have a home now,” McDavid said.
McDavid got to offers from Division I programs in South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. Ultimately, Georgia Tech was the right fit for him.
“I just felt it was better suited for me,” McDavid said. “It’s in-state and closer to home and I’m actually able to focus on my field of engineering,” McDavid said, who added he wants to become a civil engineer.
During his senior year at Evans, McDavid was all-region in football and basketball, and at the Class AAAA state track meet he finished third in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump.
He’ll focus his attention on just track, however.
“I asked the coach if I was able to do any other sports, but they’ve taken so much of a liking to me they don’t want me to take a risk of getting hurt.”
Evans track coach Eric Watson was happy with the decision McDavid made.
“He picked a school with excellent jump coaches,” said Watson. “It speaks volumes about him that he was able to get into Georgia Tech at all.”
To get ready for the rigors of college, McDavid will continue to train during the summer months.
“I’m going to be doing some junior national stuff with an AAU track team,” McDavid said. “I had to find something to stay in shape.”