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Succeeding by leaps and bounds

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Hillsborough High's Jeremiah Green is the best in the nation at what he does -- but he often has to explain exactly what it is.

"They (friends) would be like, what are you doing? I'd say hop, step, jump. They'd be like that simple? I'd say yeah, but there's a lot more to it."

It's a tricky track event that Jeremiah is perfecting. As a junior he was the first in Hillsborough County to leap past 50 feet, and as a senior, is the only high schooler in the nation to accomplish it, clearing 52-1 3/4 this season. He's three feet ahead of his closest competition in Florida.

"I saw fear in the athletes," said jump coach Karieem Webb. "They are like, wow, how can he do that. I say you are watching a special talent."

"I still don't believe it," said Green, laughing. "I really don't. I'm blessed. It's hard because there are people out there when you are on top, you have to stay grinding. You have to keep working hard and keep coming to practice because there is somebody else out there that wants to be on top too."

Green works at getting better every day and draws a crowd of curious friends.

"Jeremiah makes it look easy," said Hillsborough Track Coach Joe Sipp. "He has students out here that say I can do that , I can do that. Then they come out here and they're clumsy and are falling all over the place."

Jeremiah's is even outdistancing Division 1 college jumpers. He's just 20 inches behind the best college jump this season.

"At the Florida Relays he would have been the number one jumper," said Webb. "Those were collegiate athletes and professional athletes. There furthest jumps were 51-feet."

"All of the college coaches wish me luck," said Green. "You know they were like, you're beating my athletes already. Before I leave high school I want to go 53 to 54 feet. So when I get to college I'll be going 55 and jumping with the best."

Jeremiah jumped at Alabama's offer and will be trained under legendary Olympic coach Dick Booth. It's a perfect fit with Jeremiah's ultimate goal.

"Oh, yes 2016," said Green with a big smile. "Yes,sir, the Olympics. That would be an honor, like a dream come true."

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