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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Dawgs solidify offer to Watch List DB

By Kipp Adams

Early on in the recruitment of ESPN Watch List defensive back Kendall Randolph (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln), one of the first offers he was told he received was from the University of Georgia. But having minimal contact with the staff over the next year, Randolph was unsure of whether or not he had an actual offer from the Bulldogs. He got his answer during a phone call with assistant coach John Lilly last week.

“Coach Lilly told me he wanted to let me know personally that I had an offer from Georgia,” Randolph said. “He said they felt really strongly about me as a player and they wanted to get me up there to talk to the coaches and develop a better feel for the staff and the program.  I could tell Coach Lilly is a good person and that he meant what he said.”

Now that he has confirmed his chance to play for Georgia, Randolph plans to visit Athens, Ga., sometime after school gets out. He will not be the only one at his school arriving on campus this summer, as his teammate and ESPN 300 wide receiver Reggie Davis is set to enroll at Georgia in June. The two have discussed why Georgia could be a good fit for both.

“Reggie told me that he picked Georgia because he liked how he fit into the offense, which was similar to what we ran in high school,” Randolph said. “So he will have an easier time transitioning to college – which is what I am looking to do on defense as well. I want to find the best fit for me on defense – which could very well be the style of defense that Georgia runs. I know the defensive scheme Georgia runs is relatively similar to what we run at Lincoln, so I would come in with a general idea of what is expected of me in different coverages.”

Randolph admits that he does not know much else about Georgia, which is why he feels the need to visit the program. Davis also discussed with Randolph how comfortable he was with Georgia as a university outside of football. That is another factor the Sunshine State defensive back finds important in his decision.

The question remains if any program can pull Randolph out of Florida. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound standout has family members that are fans of Florida, Florida State and Miami, and admits that he himself grew up following the Hurricanes.

“It is great to know that I have a chance to play for a school I grew up loving in Miami, but there is a difference in the things that make you a fan and how each school could affect the rest of your life,” Randolph said. “This is not only going to have an effect on the next four years of my life – but also my life after college and after football. If the school that is the best opportunity for me to grow as a player ends up being somewhere other than Miami or outside the state of Florida then I will not have a problem with that. But at the same time, I need to go more in-depth with Miami just like the other schools to see if it fits.”