Stanford hosted Kendall Williamson (Brookwood High, Snellville, Georgia) for the Cardinal’s win over Arizona State Sept 30 and the trip was an eye-opener for the young Georgian.
Williamson was able to spend more than a day at Stanford and took in and a practice the Friday before the game. He enjoyed the practice, having an opportunity to sit down with several coaches and touring the campus.
“I talk to Coach (David) Shaw, (Lance) Anderson and (Duane) Akina the most,” he messaged to Cardinal Sports Report. “I got a chance to see how they coach defense at a practice. Everyone seems to love the school and the football team. It seems like all the coaches are pretty well respected. The players also were pretty cool.”
An accomplished student and an athlete capable of playing cornerback, nickel or safety, Williamson has a top four of schools that includes Stanford, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State and Wake Forest.
Since he announced those top schools Northwestern and Minnesota are other recent offers. His brother, Chris, has transferred from Florida to Minnesota.
Even though most of the schools that Kendall is considering are back East, there is no pressure to stay close to home.
“My dad says go where you fit the best,” he said. “They (Kendall’s parents) will get to games. My mom and dad work from home sometimes, so they could work it out. My mom and dad came on the visit. Both my mom and dad had been to California before. My dad teaches cyber security classes for Cisco, so he has been to the area before.”
Kendall’s father, Bethel, was the one who came up with the idea of taking a photo of Kendall along with fellow 2018 recruits Caleb Kelly (Hapeville Charter, Atlanta) and Thomas Booker (Gilman High, Baltimore) during the visit. Williamson said it was fun to spend time with Kelly and Booker and they got along.
Thanks to the Stanford Football Coaches and Staff for hosting me this weekend for my official visit.#PartyInTheBackfield #GoStanford@CoachAkina @CoachDavidShaw@maeubanks@CoachL_Anderson@ToureCarter @TheThomasBooker@ck_ckelly pic.twitter.com/CvLdNJ2Skz— Kendall Williamson (@kentw2018) October 3, 2017
Williamson is still working on more visits this fall. He turned most of his focus on his high school team after they got off to a 0-2 start. He took his role as a captain as a more serious responsibility than scheduling trips to colleges.
“Getting back on track was pretty important for me,” he said. “That 0 and 2 start was pretty tough. We are 4-2 now. We have only region games to go.”