ND Commit Randolph "Tailor-made" for CAT

Two days after de-committing from Stanford, Woodberry Forest (Va.) linebacker Doug Randolph announced he committed to Notre Dame. He is the 20th member of the Irish's 2013 class, and was recruited to play the 'CAT' position for Notre Dame.

Woodberry Forest (Va.) School linebacker Doug Randolph de-committed from Stanford earlier in the week and at 1 p.m. today released he committed to Notre Dame.

And the fit, on and off the field, is perfect for the 6-foot-3, 236-pound Randolph, according to his coach.

"He is a high energy, impact player with nothing but upside," Woodberry Forest coach Clint Alexander said. "He's 236 pounds right now and is probably going to be 245 by the time spring rolls around. He really isn't done growing. You can tell. But he's still a physical freak.

"He's a great kid, great attitude. He's father's a doctor, his mother's a dentist, his brother's a doctor, his sister's a doctor. It's just a wonderful family. They're highly motivated in every aspect of their lives."

Notre Dame's academic profile fin in well with the education-first family, and playing the CAT position in the Irish's 3-4 defense suits his game.

"He's tailor-made for that," Alexander said. "He's an unbelievable pass rusher. He can play in space. We had a game last year where a tall receiver was killing us and I told him, ‘Go man him up. You play basketball. Go take him out of the game.' That was it. The kid never caught another ball. He can play in space, but he's a great pass rusher.

"He's fast, he has real long arms and he just keeps coming. He's got a first and second and third move. He's not just going to make one big effort and say, ‘Oh, I got stopped.' I think he wears a lineman out with that. Everybody's got a first move, but I think he has a second and third."

Although Alexander presents a glowing review of Randolph as a pass rusher, it isn't a slight on his ability to stop the run.

"He had a lot to learn when he came in last year (from Richmond Collegiate)," Alexander said. "It's tough for us with new guys because what made them great players gets them in trouble here because they're doing things individually and they have a habit of running up the field and just exploding off the ball and creating chaos.

"By week five, when he learned to play within our unit, he just made twice as many plays. He just became a run-stuffing, tackling machine."

Randolph originally committed to Stanford but changed his mind because of distance from his family.

Woodberry Forest opens the season Friday at 4 p.m. against Benedictine, but Randolph is out as he recovers from a stress fracture in his foot.

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