Kellen Williams waited anxiously to sign his letter of intent to Alabama on Wednesday. Brookwood's signing day ceremony was briefly delayed as special pens were late to arrive.
Don't worry Alabama fans, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman never considered another school and signed with the Crimson Tide.
Williams was one of 64 Gwinnett County football players to sign letters of intent on National Signing Day.
"It's a strenuous process on my family and I'm glad to finally get it solidified," Williams said.
Williams was one of 11 Gwinnett County players to sign with BCS conference schools, joining Parkview's Brandon Jacobs (Auburn), Collins Hill's Michael Box (Connecticut), Buford's Dallas Lee (Georgia), Peachtree Ridge's Kevin Minter (LSU), Norcross' D.J. Adams (Maryland) and Prince Kent (Miami, Fla.), Shiloh's Cameron Whigham (Ole Miss), Greater Atlanta Christian's Shane Mularkey (North Carolina) and Blake Southerland (Vanderbilt) and Mill Creek's Ryan Robinson (Oklahoma State).
"This is a day I have been looking forward to for a long time," Adams said. "I look forward in going on and seeing what God has planned for me."
Gwinnett's 64 signings on National Signing Day is the second-most in county history. The county had a record 76 signings, including 27 Division I signees, last year. The 19 Division I signees this year are the third most ever in the county.
Norcross led the way with the most signings in the county with 10, followed by Peachtree Ridge with eight, Buford with seven and Shiloh and Mill Creek with six.
Junior college standouts Cameron Kenney and Steven Singleton signed with colleges as well. Kenney, who was the Daily Post's Offensive Player of the Year in 2006, signed with Oklahoma and Singleton, a former Buford standout, chose South Carolina.
The types of schools varied greatly for Gwinnett County signees, ranging from Division I programs to smaller schools like College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) or Louisburg (N.C.) College.
Schools from Georgia cashed in on Gwinnett talent, with players headed to eight different Georgia colleges on scholarship or as a walk-on. Georgia State, which will begin playing football in 2010, signed its first class which included Gwinnett's Harrison Clottey (Grayson).
The biggest name to stay in the Peach State was Lee, who graduated from Buford in December and enrolled at UGA last month. The offensive lineman went through morning workouts Wednesday in Athens and was late arriving to Buford's signing ceremony. He made it just in time to join in the festivities for a moment dozens of high school kids in Gwinnett will remember forever.
"I wanted to come back for this. This is once in a lifetime," Lee said. "People work their whole high school and middle school careers to get to this day."