Randolph, Cooper Rollin' With Tide

Anthony Grant was one of the top recruiters in the nation when he was at Florida. At VCU, he coached Eric Maynor and recruited Larry Sanders. Now at Alabama, Grant landed one of his top targets in the Class of 2011 and then immediately followed it up with a second commitment on the same night.

It was the summer of 2009 in a back gym tucked away off the beaten path in Las Vegas. Anthony Grant sat next to one of his assistants and watched Levi Randolph. At that moment, it was clear: Levi Randolph was going to be a major target for the Crimson Tide.

On Thursday evening, Randolph picked the Alabama Crimson Tide over Auburn and Georgia. Grant's persistence and hands on approach in his recruitment tipped the scales in Bama's favor.

"I think that was the selling point for us," Levi Randolph, Sr. told Scout.com. "From the very beginning Coach Grant met us his commitment towards Levi was what we liked the most. We're happy with it."

Randolph will go from Bob Jones High to Alabama where he'll likely play guard alongside Trevor Releford in what could be one of the SEC's top backcourt tandems.

This was a big one for the Tide. Randolph is ranked the No. 36 prospect in the class by Scout.com.

"Early on when schools started recruiting Levi, I told everyone the same thing. The more you get to know Levi, the more he'll get to know you and the better the process will be. I don't think anyone was as close as Bama because of the relationship with the head coach. Alabama was head and shoulders above the others."

Update: 11:00 p.m. ET

Grant wasn't done. After accepting Randolph's commitment, the Tide accepted their second commitment of the night.

Rodney Cooper, a 6-foot-6 small forward out of Hurtsboro (Ala.) Russell County, picked up the phone and called in his pledge. Cooper is Randolph's AAU teammate on the Alabama Challenge.

"I didn't know (Levi) was going to do it today, but we said we'd do it on the same day," Cooper said. "His dad called me and said they were about to do it. After he did it, five minutes later I called them. They didn't know (in advance)."

Cooper averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds as a junior. Like Randolph, he pointed the relationship the staff constructed with him.

"Coach Pettway and Coach Grant, I related to them. Since Day One, they believed in me and I just had to wait for Levi to be ready."

Virginia, Clemson, Butler, Georgia and UAB were in on Cooper.


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