Kendall Randolph doesn’t yet hold a verbal scholarship offer from the Crimson Tide, but he’s already on radar despite having two more years of high school football ahead of him. No matter if he ends up in Tuscaloosa as well, the Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones sophomore is not shy about wanting to live up to the standards older brother and UA basketball player Levi Randolph set ahead of him.
“There’s big shoes to fill right now, I’m just trying to do better than he’s doing,” Randolph said. “He had, maybe, 18 offers coming out of high school. He had options to go to schools, I’m just trying to live up to his standards right now. Being at Alabama, he said it’s a great school with academics and athletics, everything is great. I wouldn’t mind…”
A second-team academic All-American and the SEC’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2014-15 campaign, Randolph also led Alabama in scoring as a senior captain player.
While he recruits his younger brother to Tuscaloosa, the family well-versed in the recruiting process knows things take time to pick up. Louisville was first to offer Randolph, who added an Alabama A&M offer last week. Middle brother Roderick Randolph plays wide receiver for the in-state Bulldogs. The hope is to add the other in-state school with family ties soon.
“It would mean a lot,” Randolph said. “Alabama has a great offensive line coach (Mario Cristobal) and he gets them ready for the next level and life. It would be a great thing to get an offer from Alabama.”
Looking to take his time with the process, Tennessee and Oregon are also mentioned as programs the offensive tackle projection admits he’d like to hear more from. In the meantime, he’s been focused on helping Bob Jones improve heading into the 2015 campaign.
“I play smart, I feel like I know football,” Randolph said. “Playing left tackle, I feel like I can get the job done at the blind side of the quarterback. But I just like playing football. I’ve got to get faster, with my footwork. Get stronger in the weight room, stay on the books and get better in the classroom.”
Crimson Tide fans shouldn’t worry about Avery Johnson’s roster when it comes to this Randolph, as the two brothers haven’t played one-on-one in some time despite being about the same height.
“I’m not trying to hurt him,” Randolph said with a laugh.