Georgia head coach Wayne Norton is assembling what appears to be his second top-five recruiting class in a row.
April 23, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia’s track and field teams have inked arguably the nation’s top recruit for the 2014 season after Marietta native Kendell Williams signed her National Letter of Intent with the Bulldogs on Tuesday.
Williams, a senior at Kell High School, owns the U.S. Juniors record in both the heptathlon outdoors (5,578 points) and the pentathlon indoors (4,068). She is included in the top five on the national high school lists in three individual events as well. The finalist at the World Junior Championships is the sister of current Bulldog decathlete Devon Williams, who is a freshman this season.
“Kendell is a rare prospect who has SEC and NCAA potential in several events: long jump, high jump, 100-meter hurdles, 400 hurdles and the pentathlon and heptathlon,” said Georgia head coach Wayne Norton, whose 2013 women’s signing class was ranked fourth nationally by Track & Field News. “And as talented and accomplished as she is as a high school and age-group competitor, she still has a great deal of room for improvement. Kendell also happens to be a good student and a delightful young lady. She is what we have been looking for in a recruit. Coach (Petros) Kyprianou has done a good recruiting job.”
Kyprianou, who also coaches Devon Williams in the multi-events, is equally pleased with adding talent of this level to the team.
''Kendell is the 2013 recruiting class highlight as she is one of the most talented athletes in the world,” said Kyprianou, who had two heptathletes and one pentathlete finish in the top four at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. “The Williams family has a strong tradition in producing multi-event athletes and Kendell is at the top in the women's heptathlon. Kendell has what it takes to be as good as Jackie Joyner-Kersee and our own Hyleas Fountain. Coach (Blane) Williams has done a tremendous job teaching, raising and positively influencing both of his kids to be winners on the track and beyond. It was a tough, hard and long process of her to committing to the ‘G’ as she was heavily recruited by the top and traditional track powers in the NCAA. I'm extremely excited to have Kendell join a very powerful decathlon-heptathlon group here at UGA!''
Here is Kendell Williams’ complete bio:
Kendell Williams – Kell HS
Set U.S. Junior record in heptathlon (5,578, 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona as she earned the Athlete of the Meet trophy) before establishing a national record in the pentathlon (4,068, 2013 New Balance Nationals in New York City becoming the first prep athlete to eclipse 4,000 points)…Finalist at World Junior Championships (seventh overall)…Junior National champion in hurdles (13.29), long jump, high jump (6-0.75) and heptathlon (5,578 points)…Named ESPN Gatorade Georgia Athlete of the Year twice…Personal-best marks of: 24.49 (200), 2:26.80 (800), 13.28 (100 hurdles), 58.63 (400 hurdles), 6-0.75 (high jump), 20-8.50 (long jump), 35-1.25 (shot put) and 100 (javelin) outdoors and 2:31.63 (800), 8.39 (60 hurdles), 5-11.50 (high jump), 19-0.50 (long jump) and 34-10.50 (shot put) indoors…Captured multi-event titles at the 2011 New Balance Nationals Outdoors and at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 New Balance National Indoors…Won the Joel Ferrell Award for Outstanding Performance at the 2009 AAU National Championship after setting national record in pentathlon, 200 hurdles twice and the 100 hurdles…Named the Outstanding Meet Performer at the Mobile Challenge of Champions twice after winning the long jump, high jump and 100 hurdles back-to-back (2012, 2013)…Won three GHSA AAAA championships in 2012…Younger sister of current Bulldog freshman Devon Williams (No. 5 on Georgia’s all-time top-10 list in the 60 hurdles at 8.00 and No. 6 in heptathlon at 5,494 points indoors and No. 10 in 110 hurdles at 14.30 outdoors).
Below is a link to take a look at Georgia’s first eight additions when the signing period began in February: