October 12, 2009

Randolph setting up visits

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have their biggest game of the season Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium and a many of their top targets for the 2011 recruiting class will attend. Among those, making the trip down to Atlanta this weekend is Kell safety Brian Randolph. Randolph received one of the first written offers the Jackets sent out on Sept. 1.

"I will be at the Georgia Tech game this week to check it out I am going to look at the game atmosphere and see how the coaches coach during game time," Randolph said. "I watched the Florida State game and that was a crazy game."

Randolph camped at Georgia Tech this summer and was one of the top performers at their junior/senior camp and that helped get him the early offer. He was excited about getting the Georgia Tech offer because it means that if he wants to, he can play with his brother Justin Randolph who is a true freshman preferred walk-on A-back.

"I got the Georgia Tech offer a couple of days after September 1," Randolph said. "It is a pretty good feeling knowing that I might have a chance to play with my brother."

The Tech coaching staff has made a great impression on Randolph as well. He has connected pretty well with quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon who is his lead recruiter.

"I have been in contact with the coaches and coach Bohannon," Randolph said. "Coach Bohannon is a good coach from talking to him he always talks about more than football. He talks to me about girls and schoolwork, stuff like that."

Many people believe The Jackets and the Georgia Bulldogs will be the top two schools vying for Randolph's services. While Randolph remains very open in his recruitment, he follows both Georgia schools closely. While Georgia Tech's defense has had their share bad moments this year at Miami and Florida State, Georgia's struggles could actually prove to be a selling point for Randolph.

"I like the way both teams are recruiting me," Randolph said. "Georgia's defense is looking pretty rough right now, so they could use some help. I feel like they can use me right away to help their secondary because they are getting picked apart."

Stacey Searels the Georgia assistant coach has been connecting with Randolph with his humor.

"I like coach Searels at Georgia a lot. I think he is a good coach and he is funny," he said. "I am probably going to the Georgia-Auburn game."

Randolph's father went to Mississippi State, so he decided to check out two teams he likes in one trip for his second trip this year.

"I went to the Mississippi State-Georgia Tech game last week," Randolph said. "I have also been to a UCLA-Tennessee. I could tell my dad likes Mississippi State, but I am not sure."

At the Tennessee game, Randolph got to meet one of the players he currently idolizes.

"I got to meet Eric Berry and that was really cool," he said. "It was a great experience."

Ultimately, Randolph wants to be close to his family and that could play into the in-state showdown for his talented athlete along with the ability to get on the field early.

"I really want to stay close to home and play early," Randolph said.

This season the Kell Longhorns are off to a tough start at 2-4 and Randolph has played almost every snap this season as a starting safety and running back, but he says better days are ahead.

"For me the season has been going okay we got off to a rough start, but we are getting better," Randolph said. "We beat Centennial in overtime this week and we need to play like we can and not give up."

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