The Seahawks have a need for speed, so they’re turning to one of the most decorated track stars in LSU history.
LSU sprinter Cyril Grayson has a laundry list of accolades: four-time NCAA champion, SEC champion, seven-time All-American, five-time All-SEC. Those are just a few of Grayson’s notable achievements while competing in outdoor and indoor events at Baton Rouge.
It was that résumé and his showing at LSU’s pro day last Wednesday that led the Seahawks to announce his signing on Monday.
Grayson hasn’t played football since 2011, when he was a senior at Archbishop Rummel High School in Louisiana. It was there that the 5-foot-9, 178-pound Grayson found a home at wide receiver, the same position he worked out in during LSU pro day. He was the only non-football player to participate in the event.
Grayson, 23, was signed after catching the eye of Seahawks talent evaluators during a visit to Seattle, according to seahawks.com. There was no need for Grayson to go through the draft since he’s a fifth-year senior and didn’t play football.
Grayson did 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump and a 34.5-inch vertical leap in pro day tests, according to LSU’s official website.
Grayson used that speed to become a member NCAA indoor champion relay teams in 2014 and 2016 and back-to-back NCAA outdoor champion relay teams in 2015 and 2016.