Williams, Broderick Officially Commodores

Two of the nation's top golfers sign with Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt golf program got stronger Thursday with the signing of two elite prospects expected to start shining for the Commodores in 2022.

Wells Williams and John Broderick officially inked their respective National Letters of Intent to join Vandy for the start of next season.

“I’m really thrilled with this class and what they will bring to Vanderbilt University and our golf program,” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “John and Wells are both high-character men that will represent our university very well on the course, in our community and in the classroom. They have both shown that they are winners and they both have a high-care level to do things the right way. Once again, Coach (Gator) Todd has done excellent job as our recruiting coordinator in identifying these men. I appreciate the amount of work he has put in to get them to become Commodores.

“It is very exciting to see the reach that our Vanderbilt program has across our nation, as we annually attract the top talent from coast to coast. We love to see our men experience Vanderbilt golf with teammates that can offer a different view on life than they might have. I really believe it helps all of us in having a growth mindset.”  

Williams hails from West Point, Mississippi, where he attends Oak Hill Academy. He’s the No. 1-ranked golfer in Mississippi and ranked sixth nationally in the class of 2022.

A USA Junior Ryder Cup Team member and AJGA First Team All-American, Williams has also been named an AJGA All-American three times and thrice won the Mississippi Junior Amateur championship. Williams has won a Mississippi high school individual championship and was runner-up at the Wyndham Invitational at Sedgefield.

In 2020, Williams won the Callaway Golf Texas Junior Open and in 2019 he captured the TaylorMade Junior All-Star Championship.

“Wells has all the tools to make an immediate impact on our team.” Limbaugh said. “He has been playing at an elite level for quite a while and has proven himself at the highest levels in junior golf. Physically, he is an elite ball striker who is competitive and is always looking to improve.”



Broderick, from Wellesley, Massachusetts, and a student at Belmont Hill School, is the top-ranked player out of the state of Massachusetts. He was named the Massachusetts Junior Player of the Year and won the New England Amateur Championship.

Also the winner of the Northeast Junior Classic championship, Broderick advanced to the United States Junior Championship Round of 32 and won the Doral Publix Junior Championship. In May, Broderick won the Massachusetts Four-Ball Championship.

“We are excited about what John will bring to our program as a competitor as he has a burning desire to compete, get better and push himself to be the best,” Limbaugh said. “He’s very mature and knows how to play the game. We believe he has a chance to thrive in our team environment and has a tremendous upside.”


The Williams File

  • West Point, Mississippi
  • Oak Hill Academy
  • No. 1-ranked golfer in Mississippi
  • No. 6-ranked golfer in 2022 class
  • USA Junior Ryder Cup Team member
  • AJGA First Team All-American
  • Three-time AJGA All-American
  • Three-time Mississippi high school individual champion
  • 2020 Callaway Golf Texas Junior Open
  • 2019 TaylorMade Junior All-Star Championship.
  • Wyndham Invitational at Sedgefield runner-up

The Broderick File

  • Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Belmont Hill School
  • No. 1-ranked golfer in Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Junior Player of the Year
  • New England Amateur Champion
  • United States Junior Championship Round of 32
  • Doral Publix Junior champion
  • Northeast Junior Classic champion