"Our goal is to go 1-0 every week," 2014 ATH Kendall Randolph said of his upcoming season at Lincoln High School (FL). "We want to focus on the team at hand...and no one else after them."
That "one week at a time" mindset has paid off for Randolph, as his camp rounds and summer workouts have garnered major collegiate interest. Auburn University and Florida State University have each made Randolph an official offer, with the University of Florida not far behind.
"Friday Night Lights was really fun," Randolph said of his recent visit to UF. "I went last year as a freshman, but didn't get to participate in the camp. [This year], I came into it knowing what I'd have to do...I was really excited about it. There were a lot of elite athletes participating, so that made it a lot of fun."
While Randolph ranks among those elite, he wasn't satisfied with his early camp performance. "When we were in [individual workouts], I dropped a couple of balls," Randolph admitted. "I am coming out of rehab [due to a hamstring injury], so I couldn't get off as fast as I wanted to.
"After talking to Coach T-Rob, I felt a lot better," Randolph said of Coach Travaris Robinson. "He says he wants to offer me...he's just running it through Head Coach [Will] Muschamp."
The Gators aren't the first Sunshine State school to notice Randolph's potential. The 'Noles at FSU have not only made an official offer, but keep in touch with Randolph regularly. "I always keep in touch with them," Randolph said of Florida State. "I have no reason not to! Coach [Mark] Stoops talks to me without even asking about football. He asks me how I'm doing, how school is going, even how my family is doing. When I talk to Head Coach [Jimbo] Fisher, it's the same way.
"[FSU] doesn't put a lot of pressure on me," Randolph said. "I'm an in-town athlete, so they let me know that they're here for anything I need. In my eyes, that's a big deal. Growing up in Tallahassee and watching FSU made me a fan. Getting that call that they want you to come and play for them is huge."
Randolph recently made an out-of-state visit to participate in camp at Auburn. "I had the offer, but I didn't know much about their program aside from watching them on TV," he admitted. "So, I asked my coach to take me up there to see the campus and the town. When I got there, I felt really comfortable. I learned a lot about the program that I didn't expect to learn, both academically and athletically."
With big-time college football in the back of his mind, Randolph is now focusing his energy and efforts on his upcoming season in Tallahassee.
"Midnight Madness is next Sunday," Randolph said of the start of his Trojan season. "As a group, we've gotten a lot closer this summer. We just need to make sure we stay healthy and play to our level; the level we know we can play every game.
"Long-term, the goal is to go undefeated," Randolph said. "We want to be the first 15-0 team at Lincoln...and win another state title."