It isn’t uncommon for kids to attract the attention of college coaches and professional scouts, but it usually happens when they’re in high school. Middle school, maybe. But at age 7? That’s a bit optimistic. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening to Rudolph ‘Blaze’ Ingram. Blaze is ridiculously fast, and that’s earning him world-wide fame.
Just how fast is Blaze? Back in August, Blaze ran a 100 meter race in 14.59 seconds. He’s now cut his time to 13.48. He can run 60 meters in 8.69 seconds.
“My Father Told Me (@ftf_kool ) That You Win Mentally Before You Win Physically I’m #1 Before The Race Start,” Blaze wrote on social media.
The unofficial record for a 7-year-old is held by Willie Washington: 13.46 seconds. That was set in 2011.
Blaze is now clocked at 13.48. The world record is just 9.58, set by Usain Bolt in 2009.
Florence Griffith-Joyner set the women’s record in 1998 with a time of 10.49 seconds.
“Proud To Say My Son Maybe The Fastest 7 Year Old In The World. To The Top Love All Those Hours Of Training Payed Off,” Blazes father writes.
Blaze is fast, but he also has the moves. He went viral almost a year ago when video emerged of his offensive skills on the football field. At the time, Blaze was just 3-foot-11 and weighed 48 pounds.
Blaze has drawn the attention of several coaches and NFL players. And he seems to be internalizing the advice they share with him.
“I work hard at practice to set the bar high for my teammates. I want to show them we need to give it all we’ve got. If they don’t know how to do something, I show them how to do it,” Blaze told Youth 1 in 2017. “I always tell them ‘You practice how you play.”
“My players see Blaze doing something they’ll be right behind him. His eyes are always on the prize,” Jimmy Watson, Blaze’s coach said. . “If one of his fellow teammates slacks, he walks up to them individually and calls them out on it.”