Randle Will Head West

Chasson Randle pulled the trigger on Wednesday. The four-star prospect out of Illinois will take his game to the PAC-10.

Chasson Randle has been relatively quiet about his recruitment, up until now.

After narrowing his list of schools to three, Randle, a top 10 point guard in the 2011 class, took official visits to Illinois, Purdue and Stanford. On Wednesday he opted to make his college choice.

Randle, a standout at Rock Island (Ill.) High, is headed to Stanford.

"I felt like it was the best decision for me academically and coach Dawkins and his staff did a great job recruiting me," Randle told Scout.com. "Stanford really stuck out to me. It just seemed like a great fit for me."

This is a significant pick up for Johnny Dawkins and his staff. Due to academic restrictions, there weren't many prospects Stanford could actively pursue in the 2011 class.

"[Academics] played into it to a certain extent," he said. "I knew with my grades that I would be alright, but obviously looking at it from a basketball standpoint, and I know their history, I was really just trying to find what was best for me athletically."

According to Randle, Stanford didn't miss one of his games during the summer evaluation period, and he noticed.

"They did a great job," Randle said of their staff. "They made sure they were at every single one of my games this summer, when they could. That stuck out to me.

"They weren't just watching, they were taking notes," he added. "They critiqued me and told me what I did right and wrong. That really stuck out to me and that helped me understand that they wanted me. "

But Randle, who is a high academic student, was targeted early on not only because of his grades, but also because his ability on the court.

Randle is a unique guard prospect that possesses the ability to play both guard spots. While he's currently listed as a point guard, he'll likely spend quite a bit of time off the ball when he gets to college.

"I plan on being able to make plays on both ends of the floor, whether it's on offense or defense," Randle said. "I'm going to use my length on defense. On offensive end I'm going to hit open guys and bring a lot of energy to help the team win."

Randle is ranked No. 9 at the point guard spot and No. 55 overall. Randle is the first 2011 prospect to give a pledge to Stanford.


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