Randolph ‘worked hard for’ Alabama offer

Despite the camp season being just days away, it hasn’t slowed Alabama’s pursuit of elite prospects both in-state and out. On Thursday, it pulled the trigger with an offer to a familiar name for both recruitniks or casual Crimson Tide fans in rising-junior offensive lineman Kendall Randolph.

What Levi Randolph did at Alabama, both on the hardwood and especially in the classroom, is well-documented. Leading scorer, the program’s first academic All-American and the SEC’s Scholar Athlete of the Year begin to tell the story.

Recruiter can now be officially added to the list of accolades as Kendall Randolph, Levi’s brother and class of 2017 Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones offensive tackle, picked up a scholarship offer from Alabama on Thursday

“I let him know as soon as it happened. He said, ‘this is a great place to be.’ He talked about how good the academics are and left me with a, ‘Roll Tide!’” said Randolph of his conversation with his older brother, while sharing a laugh.

Already with offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Louisville and others, the athletic prospect with a 6-foot-8 wingspan (photo below) remains hot on the recruiting trail.

Randolph is among the top 2017 prospects in Alabama

“I was on the way to the field and my dad called me and said I needed to call coach (Kevin) Rose,” he said. “I called him and he said I needed to call (secondary) coach Mel Tucker from Alabama. I did, then he let me know that I have an offer from Alabama and it’s in my hands now. What I do now matters. He said we know how academics are and how things go at Alabama, so they’re pretty familiar with me.

“It feels pretty good, Alabama is a good school. They’re good running the ball, getting people to the next level playing football and they’re good in academics. So it just feels good. I was expecting it to come, eventually, but not this soon. Now that it came, I feel pretty good, I worked hard for this.”

Although there’s plenty of familiarity on both sides of Randolph’s recruitment, he maintains that the process won’t be accelerated. In fact, there are no public favorites for one of the Yellowhammer State’s top class of 2017 football prospects.

“My plan right now is to get ready for the football season and work hard, to get better at my academics and improve myself,” he said. “I’m going to the camp at Alabama in June (13), not the one coming up. I want to get better at camp, to learn more things and have the chance to go up against bigger and better people.”

Planning to attempt to see “all the schools that have offered” at some point this summer, Randolph's recruiting timeline remains in its infancy. A decision isn’t likely to come before his final campaign as a Bob Jones Patriot.

“I’m going to take my time and further my approach my senior year,” he said.

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