2014 Standout High On Tigers Following Visit

Tallahassee-Lincoln standout junior Kendall Randolph talks about visiting Auburn and what he likes about the Tigers.

Tallahassee, Fla.—One of the top defensive backs for the 2014 recruiting class, speedy Kendall Randolph from Lincoln High already has offers from almost a dozen top programs including Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and South Carolina. Friday he was on the Plains to check out the Tigers and get a feel for the program.

Getting a tour of the facilities, talking with the coaches, and seeing what Auburn is all about, the 5-11, 170 Randolph said he enjoyed everything about the trip.

"It was just a great experience," Randolph said. "I enjoyed the whole thing from the beginning of the tour. I kept a smile on my face the whole time. I plan to go back soon and keep in touch with all of the coaches. I'll definitely be up for a couple of games during the season."

While he expected to get a look at the stadium, locker room, and the football facilities in general, Randolph said the emphasis on academics at Auburn was something that really jumped out to him on his trip.

"The one thing I liked about the tour the most was the academic portion of it and how they take care of the players," Randolph said. "I like how the classroom and educational aspect of coming to college is more important than the athletic part. The most important thing is for the players to graduate and get a degree. That was the main part I liked."

Playing for Lincoln High, Randolph is at a school that has sent several players to Auburn in the past including linebacker Craig Stevens. Currently the Tigers have Ryan White from Lincoln as well and he along with a current signee have given the 2014 standout plenty of background on the Tigers.

"We've got Ryan White up there," Randolph said. "He's been up for a while. He comes back every now and then, and he tells us a little about the school. One of the players I knew from Godby High, T.J. Davis, he's one of the guys I knew really well when we were playing against each other. I keep in touch with him a lot. Ever since the season ended he's been keeping my head straight making sure I have been doing good in school. He's been telling me to take a visit and I finally did. I'm glad he got me up there."

Playing both ways for the Trojans at defensive back and quarterback, Randolph said that he's being recruited as a defensive back by the Tigers and most all of the schools on his list. Recording four interceptions as a junior, he said that's the position that he enjoys but he's willing to play anywhere.

"Yes, as a cornerback," he said of where he's being recruited by the Tigers. "But I'll play anything they want me to. As an athlete you have to be willing to play where the coaches wants you to and be willing to play anywhere on the field he wants you to. If it's needed I will play it. Right now it would most likely be corner."

Saying that Auburn and Florida State stand out to him the most at the moment, Randolph said that he hasn't really narrowed things at the moment but knows when he would like to get a decision made.

I don't think I'm going to wait too long," Randolph said. "I'll probably make a decision before I go into the spring or summer of my junior year. I'll be able to clear my mind and go ahead and get ready for that transition to the next level."

Randolph said he may take a visit to South Carolina soon before his junior year begins, but has no more visits planned.


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