Multi-tasking a Brogdon strong suit

SNELLVILLE - A kid who juggles numerous sports - and in football season numerous tasks within a sport - Wade Brogdon was even busier than usual this week.

The Brookwood senior played in Monday afternoon's Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Game in Columbus, before hopping in the car for the two-hour drive back to Gwinnett.

He barely made it in time to join his Bronco basketball teammates for their Monday night Deep South Classic semifinal game, hopping in line just as warm-ups were set to begin. He hit a big 3-pointer in that victory, ensuring his name was in the Daily Post in two game stories.

"That was a first for me," Brogdon said Tuesday after Brookwood won the Deep South Classic for the first time since 2000. "I've had football practice before and then a basketball game. But I've never had two games in the same day. And one of them was a varsity basketball game. My mom said it's the only time she's seen someone in the paper for two things."

If anyone could pull off such a feat, it's Brogdon.

Part of a dying breed in this age of specialization - a three-sport standout - he already is a three-year letter winner in basketball and soon will be in baseball. And his best sport is football, the one he plans to play at the college level.

Anybody who saw Brookwood play football this season couldn't miss him. The Broncos would have been lost without his talents.

He was a star defensive back, intercepting a county-best six passes and earning county DB of the year honors from Gwinnett's coaches. He also played wide receiver, punted for a 35.1 average and made 12 of 17 field goals as Brookwood's kicker.

Those skills will make him a college football player, but they're hardly his only positive traits. A polite, outgoing kid, he also maintains a 3.9 GPA, ranking 51st in his senior class.

Those grades have attracted recruiters from upper-level academic schools, including three of his favorites that he plans to visit this month - Princeton, Lehigh and Carnegie Mellon.

Can he handle the rigors of college athletics and academics? You bet. He's got the juggling thing down.

Will Hammock can be reached via e-mail at will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Thursdays.