As players mature, develop and train, they’re going to get faster.
But elite speed rarely blossoms out of hard work. Either you have it or you don’t.
That’s what makes prospects such as Edmond Memorial cornerback Robert Charlton a valuable commodity on the recruiting scene.
Charlton’s stock rose during the spring as he showed off his impressive speed on the track. He ran the fastest 100-meter time in Class 6A at 10.58 seconds and finished second at state in the event.
But the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder’s speed translates to the football field, too, where he had 70 tackles — a lofty number for a cornerback — during his junior season.
Tulsa and South Dakota have offered scholarships so far, and other big schools like Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas State and OU continue to show interest.