'Bama checks in on Randolph

Kendall Randolph has over a dozen scholarship offers, including several from the SEC, but Alabama is not on that list just yet. The defending national champs stopped by Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln to pay a visit to the versatile talent on Thursday.

Projected by FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com as a three-star safety, many schools feel similarly about Kendall Randolph when it comes to projecting his position.

Alabama, too, envisions him as a defensive back at about 6-foot, 180 pounds, but it has yet to offer the Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln standout a verbal scholarship.

"Not yet, I have to take a visit first," he said on Wednesday.

But earlier in the day, the defending national champs sent assistant Lance Thompson to Lincoln to speak to several standouts, including the class of 2014 talent.

"Coach Thompson came to my school, he told me that he loved my size and style of play," said Randolph. "Coach [Nick] Saban has been asking about me and wanted to stay in touch and get me down there as soon as possible to solidify my offer."

Several prospects hear similar with Alabama, meaning that an in-person or camp performance is needed to make the offer official. However, the junior says this is not the case with him.

"No, just to come see him whenever I can," he said of possibly visiting Tuscaloosa. "Maybe early in the summer."

While on campus Wednesday, Thompson revealed which position Alabama covets Randolph at.

"They like me at corner," he said. "They would be potentially my top school or at least top three (with an offer)."

Randolph was in Tuscaloosa during the fall and everything about the trip led to him favoring the Crimson Tide more than most during the recruiting process.

It included spending time with a player at his position expected to be selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

"I took a visit last year and loved the entire thing," he recalled. "I spent some time with Dee [Milliner] before the game.

"I was comfortable with every coach I spoke to and everything I saw with the defense had me hooked."

Randolph is currently ranked as the No. 38 safety in the nation.


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