Williams, a 6-2 middle blocker from Peachtree Ridge High School, will provide the Seminoles lineup with depth and athleticism. Over a two-year span, between 2014 and 2015, she tallied 292 kills (2.02 kills/set), 140 total blocks (108 solo blocks), 62 digs and 46 aces.
The Suwanee, Georgia native recorded five double-digit kill performances as a junior, highlighted by a season-high 13 kills in a four-set win over Lee County where she finished with a .765 hitting percentage. Williams also contributed at least four blocks on 14 occasions, recording a season-six total blocks in four matches.
Williams, who was a member of the US Women’s Junior National Training Team, was twice named to the All-Gwinnett County Second Team (2013, 2015) and First Team (2014) during her career.
Ranked 45th by prepvolleyball.com in the class of 2017, Williams spent the fall 2016 working with her A5 Club coaches (Jing Hou and Gabe Aramian) to improve her individual skills. This came after a spring on the club circuit where she was named to the 2016 JVA All-National Team.
In 2015, while with the A5 Club team, Williams was selected to the Dream Team at the Triple Crown NIT Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Williams on coming to Florida State: “I chose FSU because I look good in Garnet and Gold. It also helps that the program and coaches are amazing as well.”
Coach Poole’s analysis of Williams: “Deja has been one of the best athletes in her class since a young age. She plays for one of the top club programs in the nation (A5 in Atlanta, Ga.) and we have been very fortunate to attract great players from that club. Deja has great instincts on the court and will compete immediately at the net in one of our hitting positions. She is most comfortable in the middle, but also runs slides well on the right side. We will count on her years of experience to compete immediately.”
“Overall, this class has a great balance of skill and athleticism,” added Poole. “Our entire staff worked hard on this class, but in particular Associate Head Coach Jeff Hulsmeyer’s recruiting contacts in the Midwest were instrumental in securing them for a campus visit. We feel strongly that if we can get a recruit and their family on campus that we have a really great shot with what we have to offer. The future looks bright for Florida State volleyball.”
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