Man, this dude is good. He could step right in and be our best 100, 200, and long jumper. And he is only 19! Assuming Collins and Ware get to come back in 2021 to do their final outdoor season, our 4x100 should be back as the favorite.
OK, so once Carl and Leroy fix his form, we may be looking at 9.90 or better.
Beat out some really nice programs, great job by the Coaches.
Awesome! Exciting news, looks like a great talent. Another future UH Olympian?
Should be, he is only .01 off the Olympic standard in the 100m right now and might already be the 3rd fastest South African.
Yes UH Olympian but not US Olympian unless he applies and is granted US citizenship.
Currently the world’s fastest under-20 sprinter, Maswanganyi will arrive this summer as perhaps one of the top track recruits in the illustrious history of the University of Houston program.
“Definitely one of the top three signees UH has ever had,” said Carl Lewis, UH’s assistant coach and a nine-time Olympic gold medalist.
The arrival of Maswanganyi, 19, coincides with UH boasting a sprint roster — a mix of incoming junior college talent and experienced seniors granted another year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic — that Lewis says could be the fastest in NCAA history.
In December, Maswanganyi announced his top five schools: Alabama, Florida, LSU, TCU and UH.
The pitch from UH: Come learn from a coaching staff whose experience includes a combined six Olympics and numerous world championships and join a program that should, coming off a pair of third-place NCAA outdoor finishes, be among the favorites for the 2021 national title. Another selling point: Houston’s diversity and culture and career options after graduation.
“By then I had spoken with coach Lewis and coach Burrell on what they thought they can do for me and how they can help me,” Maswanganyi said. “I thought Houston would be the best choice for me.”