One of the nation's top decathletes, Kyle Garland of Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, has made his college choice. Late Monday night, the senior committed to the University of Georgia, a program known for producing some of the world's top decathletes.
Garland chose Georgia over Auburn, Miami (FL), Oregon, and Texas Tech. He made the announcement in a Twitter post.
The senior is coming off a strong junior campaign on the track and the field. After winning indoor state titles in the 60-meter hurdles and the high jump, Garland won the pentathlon at New Balance Nationals Indoor with 4,150 points.
Outdoors, Garland made even bigger strides. He won the decathlon at the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in Havana, Cuba, with 6,959 points. Then he took second in the decathlon at the USATF Junior National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California, with a career-best 7,035 points. That qualified him for the Pam-Am Junior Championships, where he placed second again.
He also holds personal best of seven feet, two inches in the high jump and 14.16 in the 110-meter hurdles.
Garland will join a storied UGA program coached by Petros Kyprianou.
Kyprianou has had plenty of success coaching athletes in the multis. He coached Karl Saluri and Devon Williams, both of whom qualified for this past summer's IAAF World Championships held in London. On the women's side, Kyprianou also guided Kendell Williams to a national title in the heptathlon at this past summer's USATF Championships.
Watch an interview with Garland after the PTFCA Indoor State Championships: