There are a number of talented high school athletes in the city. There’s no question about that. However, there aren’t many who have accomplished as much as Shakur Nesmith, Imhotep Charter’s all-around athlete.
Nesmith, a 6-foot-4, 186-pound senior, played wide receiver on the school’s football team. He has received a scholarship to play football at Temple in the fall. He was one of the Public League’s top players.
Nesmith used his height and quickness to help Imhotep Charter captured back-to-back PIAA Class AA state championships. He played with standouts Brandon Austin and Khyree Wooten.
In addition, he led the Public over the Non-Public, 29-22, in the Philadelphia Eagles City All-Star Football Classic two weeks ago at Lincoln Financial Field. But that’s not all.
A week ago, he won the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.08 at the District 12 Championship Meet at Northeast High School’s Charles Martin Memorial Stadium. He also led Imhotep’s 4x100 meter relay team to a first place finish in a time of 43.50. Nesmith will wrap up his scholastic career on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26 at the PIAA state championship meet at Shippensburg University.
“It’s been a great year,” Nesmith said. “I actually didn’t realize it. Then, I was talking to Coach Andre (Noble, head basketball coach) about all the accomplishments. I didn’t notice it until he started pointing out all the stuff.
“With basketball, we won the state title. In football, I became the first football player to sign a Division I letter of intent. In track, I won the 100 and the 4x100. He was going over all the things I had done this year.”
The list is impressive. Nesmith has moved from one sport to the other. That takes a lot of time and commitment.
“I’ve been working really hard,” Nesmith said. “I’ve been playing sports and going to school all my life. After football, I played basketball and ran track. I already had my scholarship. But this is my last year. I just wanted to go for it.”
That’s exactly what Nesmith will be doing this weekend at the state championship meet. He will be competing in two events against some of top sprinters in the state.
“I’m really excited about going up there,” he said. “I know a couple guys going up there from different schools that will be running in the states. I’ll be running against some great local athletes.”
Nesmith feels track and field should help him in football this season. The sprinting should allow him to explode off the line of scrimmage.
“This is going to help me a lot,” Nesmith said. “It should help me with my conditioning. I should be able to get my speed up to par. I’ve been working on my (pass) routes. That was one of the things I needed to work on.”
Nesmith will finish the track and field season and continue to work hard down the road. Needless to say, it’s been a big year for him.