Texas Tech sprinter Divine Oduduru is going pro. He's foregoing his final year of eligibility at TTU after leading the team to its first national title. The record-breaking sprinter's decision came with help from the coaching staff.
"They told me it was time to go and that I had already done everything that I needed to do for Texas Tech," Oduduru said.
Tech sprints coach Calvin Robinson recruited Oduduru and fully supports his decision to go pro. He said Oduduru's work ethic sets a great example for the rest of the team.
"He doesn't put limits on himself and we don't put limits on him," Robinson said.
"Without a doubt, he is the greatest 100-200 runner of all time in the NCAA," Texas Tech Track and Field head coach Wes Kittley said.
Oduduru is likely to make hundreds of thousands of dollars by joining a professional club combined with endorsement deals, but that isn't his focus.
"When I focus on what I need to do, I know the money will come," he said. "I need to focus more on my training and how I am going to get better. I am in a new stage in my life now."
The thought of leaving Texas Tech, what he calls family, makes the sprinter emotional.
"When I posted on my story that I was leaving and saw the way everyone was responding, I began to shed tears. These people don't just see me as an athlete. They love me, care for me, and have a better plan for my future," he said.
Oduduru hasn't decided what club he will join. He'll train in Lubbock until he gets his degree in December.