``I'm going to LSU," said the Woodrow Wilson (Texas) High standout. "I just had the same feeling as when I left there. I felt like it was a family atmosphere and I was very comfortable with the coaches and the players."
It came down to a two-man race between the Tigers and Texas.
``It was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make in my life," Randolph said. "I know it's going to affect my future."
Randolph took a visit a little more than a week ago to Baton Rouge and speculation began shortly thereafter that he had pledged to John Brady and the Tigers. One of Randolph's coaches with the Dallas Mustangs told Scout.com that he was headed to LSU, but Randolph and his uncle, Will Marsaw, both said a final decision had not been made.
However, after taking a couple of extra days and talking to his parents, uncle and coaches, Randolph has made up his mind.
``He's a kid who likes being around people who he feels he can hang out with and that's what he got at LSU," Woodrow Wilson coach Pat Washington said. "It was a family-type atmosphere and he really got along well with Glen Davis and Tasmin Mitchell."
``It's not that the guys at UT weren't down to earth," added Washington. "It's that he really felt he clicked with the guys at LSU. He really bonded with those guys."
``I feel like now I can get on with my senior year and try and lead my team to a state championship," Randolph said. "I just want to enjoy my senior year."
``He's smiling and joking now," added Washington. "Since he made the decision, he is jovial. It's a big weight off him."
Randolph, who has moved around during his high school career, credited much of his success since arriving to Dallas to Washington and also his summer-league team, the Dallas Mustangs.
``I don't think I'd have a chance to play at this level if it weren't for Tony Johnson and the Mustangs," Randolph said. "I wouldn't be the player I am now – both on and off the court."