Recruiting: Carencro running back Kendrell Williams commits to Ragin’ Cajuns

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ULL gained their sixth verbal commit for the 2021 class Thursday when Carencro running back Kendrell Williams pledged to the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Williams is a prospect that has not received as much notoriety as he may deserve.

The 5-foot-11, 190 pounder was the second leading rusher in Acadiana area last season, running for 1,935 yards and 25 touchdowns with a healthy 7.9 yards per carry. The CroBears posted a 10-3 record last season including a 71-22 thrashing of Washington-Marion in which Williams tallied 141 yards on only eight carries with four touchdowns. He earned All Metro for the campaign.

Williams picked the Cajuns after witnessing what the combo of Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas were able to accomplish in recent seasons in Lafayette, rushing for 5,203 career yards with 61 touchdowns between the pair. Opportunity knocks since both will be graduating following the ’20 season. Plus, former Cajuns runner Raymond Calais was selected in the seventh round by Tampa Bay in the 2020 NFL draft.

ULL running backs coach Jabbar Juluke was instrumental in the recruitment of Williams, who considered offers from Army, Texas State, Utah State, Southern, McNeese, Northwestern State, Louisiana Tech, Lamar and Nicholls.

Williams is a physical, downhill runner who breaks tackles. More of a north/south back, he is also elusive on the edge and a reliable blocker. Williams is a patient runner who possesses good vision to recognize creases.

To illustrate his athleticism, Williams is versatile on the track. He runs the 400 meters (48.97 seconds), 4X100 relay (41.92) and 4X200 (1:25.82). He also won the Division II state wrestling title at 170 pounds in 2019 and finished second at 182 this past spring.

Williams is the 21st rated player in Louisiana and the third best running back in this class in the state according to 247 Sports.

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to play football at LSU, developing a passion for the game in even greater fashion while in…

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