Monday, July 8, 2013
ESPN 300 CB names UGA his leader
By Radi Nabulsi
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia coaching staff is looking for another cornerback in the Class of 2014 to pair with ESPN 300 athlete commit Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County). Its chances improved over the weekend as another ESPN 300 standout Kendall Randolph (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) named the Bulldogs as his leader, followed by Florida State and South Carolina.
“Georgia is the school I am feeling the most comfortable with right now,” Randolph said. “It is the school that I feel like I could come in and make the quickest impact. Right now I have the best relationship with the Georgia coaching staff of any of the staffs I am talking to. So really it is the comfort level I have with Georgia that has them up front.”
The nation’s No. 192 prospect is close friends with Georgia incoming freshman wide receiver Reggie Davis. They often were teammates growing up and with Davis already on campus, Randolph said that bodes well for Georgia.
“Reggie and I, that is like a brotherly bond,” Randolph said. “We have known each other since pre-K and have been to just about every school together except middle school. It would be great; I would get to be with my brother again. Reggie, speed is just his game, as everybody knows. He is a real fast dude. He is quick at the line, so you can’t sleep on him because if he gets a step on you, then you are through.”
Davis would not be the only familiar face if Randolph were to choose Georgia. He also knows the Bulldogs’ key recruiter from the 2013 class, cornerback Shaq Wiggins.
I met Shaq at the South Carolina camp last year and he was a pretty cool dude to hang out with,” Randolph said. “Ever since then I have talked to him every now and then. I saw him when we went up there for the 7-on-7 tournament and he and Reggie had just gotten there. I talked to him then about Georgia and he was saying, ‘Man, you just need to go ahead and come.’ Georgia has all of its defensive starters from the secondary on NFL rosters now, so they are rebuilding. I am already familiar with the scheme they use, so it is looking real bright for Georgia right now.”
The No. 16 cornerback in the Class of 2014, Randolph said he is also familiar with his hometown Seminoles.
“The thing with FSU is that I am comfortable there,” Randolph said. “It’s home, so I don’t have a problem with that. I have a great relationship with Coach [Jimbo] Fisher. I haven’t talked to him lately, but when we do talk we always have a great conversation. We actually had a few conversations that had nothing to do with football, which means he isn’t looking at me just as an athlete but he is looking at me as an actual person. I already had a good relationship with Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt when he was at Alabama. So he just made that much better with the scheme he brought to FSU -- it is more DB-friendly. They have a lot more defensive backs on the field and they honestly need more defensive backs still.”
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound rising senior has South Carolina as his third choice right now, but he has yet to round out his top five choices.
“I have a fourth and a fifth school I am considering, but I haven’t visited there, so that is why I only named my top three,” Randolph said. “I have a visit to Miami and I am going to Alabama on July 15. Alabama was in my top list of schools, but then Coach Pruitt came to Florida State. I have talked to Coach [Nick] Saban a few times and had good talks with him, so I want to go to Alabama and see what they have, how they are running things now and how that might be different from when Coach Pruitt was there running the secondary. I want to see what the situation is with their secondary and who they have coming in. So Alabama might be back in my top five after this visit.”
Randolph doesn’t have a decision date in mind and plans to take a few more visits before he decides. He expects to return to Athens this month.
“I am trying to get to Dawg Night, but if I don’t make it, I will probably go on July 26,” Randolph said. “Distance won’t be a factor for me. Not to say I am not worried about it, but I know I will be able to work around it. One of the visits I have coming up is an official visit to Stanford. Once I have a set date for it, I will be taking a trip out there.”