Rudolph Chooses AState

It only makes sense. Being from Alabama, defensive tackle Ray Randolph could not wait to get to Jonesboro once Arkansas State started recruiting him.

So Randolph, who lives in Montgomery, made an unofficial visit to Jonesboro on Wednesday and by the time he left town he had made a pledge to the Red Wolves.

"I just loved everything about it,'' he said. "Ever since they started recruiting me I could not wait to get to Jonesboro and see what it was like in person. So I took my unofficial visit and drove up there today.

"There is so much going on. I can't wait to get there and get to play. The coaches are all good guys. It just felt like home."

Before Randolph gets to Jonesboro, he will attend summer school at Kilgore and the plan is to pass enough hours to be a December graduate.

"This year will be my first year to play in college," he said. "So I will have three seasons to play at Arkansas State."

He said he did not get to play his first year in junior college because of a family crisis. He attended East Mississippi in the spring. He returns to school in July.

At 6-foot-1, 285 pounds, Randolph said the A-State coaches plan on giving him a shot at starting when he gets on campus.

"They told me they only have two scholarship linemen on campus this year and one of those, (fellow Alabamian) Dexter Blackmon will graduate.

The running back coach (Anthony Tucker), head coach (Blake Anderson) and defensive line coach (Brian Early) have all been recruiting me hard," he said. "They have been showing me a lot of love."

The ASU coaches were able to watch Randolph on film and during spring practice.

Randolph played his sophomore and junior years at Birmingham Carver and transferred to Prattville Christian for his senior season.

"I had heard a lot about Arkansas State,'' he said. "I knew coach Hugh Freeze was there and coach (Gus) Malzhan and they still kept having success. That is one of the things I liked was they have won a lot the past three years. I want to be part of a winning program."