Nyckoles Harbor may only be a few months removed from his 16th birthday, but he may already be the best prep athlete in the country. The 2023 Washington, D.C. Archbishop Carroll athlete’s measurables are jaw-dropping. Last spring as a 15-year-old he set the U.S. track & field community on fire with blistering 100-meter and 200-meter times of 10.38 and 21.36. Running that fast at his age would have been impressive at any size, but that he did it at 6-5, 225-pounds put him on another level entirely.
Harbor’s size-speed combination has drawn an understandable comparison to the fastest human in recorded history, Usain Bolt. The now retired Jamaican sprinter holds world records in both the 100-meter (9.58) and 200-meter (19.19). The closest challenges to Bolt’s 100-meter time came from his countryman Yohan Blake and American Tyson Gay, both of whom achieved 9.69s.
For more perspective, Bolt’s best 200-meter time at age 15 was 20.61. He didn’t compete in the 100-meter until 2007 at age 22 and ran a time of 10.03.
The fastest 100-meter and 200-meter times in the world this year belong to Americans Travon Bromell (9.76) and Noah Lyles (19.52), ages 26 and 24 respectively. And finally, the winning times at the Olympics were turned in by 27-year-old Italian sprinter Lamont Jacobs in the 100-meter (9.80), and 26-year-old Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse in the 200-meter.
Many believe Harbor to be on that Olympic sprinter-track (no pun intended). He also happens to be one of the top football prospects in the 2023 class, and is coveted by most of the Power Five elites including Michigan.
I caught up with Harbor’s track coach Pamela Crockett on the most recent edition of The Michigan Recruiting Insider podcast to discuss her star protégé’s track potential, his rise as a national prospect in football, his Michigan recruitment, and much much more. A significant portion of that interview appears below.
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