Stanford lands its man
October, 28, 2010
By Mike LaPlante, ESPN Recruiting
After bringing in a large and outstanding 2010 recruiting class (No. 18 in the country) that featured skilled players with size, coach Johnny Dawkins and Stanford shifted gears and went into full-fledged stalking mode in order to try and secure the services of 6-foot-1 combo-guard Chasson Randle (Rock island, Ill./ Rock Island). Randle, who is Stanford's only recruit to date, has been a priority for the Cardinal who were able to attract the Midwest prospect to the West Coast and away from BigTen strong-holds Illinois and Purdue. Although the 2011 class is significantly smaller than its 2010 counterpart, this year's version may have a similar impact because it fills a big void and continues to show Stanford's ability to attract ESPNU 100 prospects. As an elite student-athlete with a 4.0 GPA, Stanford's prestigious academic draw was obvious, but the bigger deciding factor in Randle's decision was the opportunity to learn and play for coach Dawkins. Randle's game is very similar to Dawkins' when he was at Duke, and the chance to study and develop under one of college basketball's all-time greats was too much for Randle to pass up.