Kentucky: Young Olympian McLaughlin to Commit to Cats

17-Year-Old U.S. Olympian Sydney McLaughlin to Run for University of Kentucky.

Aug 15, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sydney McLaughlin (USA) competes during the women

In what is arguably among the highest profile recruits in the history of any UK sport not named basketball, 17-year-old olympic sensation Sydney McLaughlin is reportedly headed to Lexington to run for Kentucky. The New Jersey native is choosing Kentucky over the University of Southern California (USC), the only other school where she made an official visit.

“That’s just where I felt more comfortable,” McLaughlin told NJ.com. “USC and Kentucky are both great schools, but for me and what I want to do I just felt that Kentucky was a better fit. I connected more with the people there.”

Currently a senior at Union Catholic High School in New Jersey, McLaughlin, the 2016 Gatorade National Girls Athlete of the Year, is expected to sign her National Letter of Intent today. McLaughlin is the national high school record holder at the 400 meter hurdles. She advanced to the semi-finals in the same event at the Summer Games in Rio, becoming the youngest athlete to represent the U.S. in track and field since 1972. McLaughlin reportedly was swayed toward BBN by the opportunity to train with former Wildcats star Kendra Harrison, a 100-meter world-record holder and member of UK’s coaching staff.

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