Louisville leads for another Florida star

ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Louisville's huge win over Miami, Fla., in the Russell Athletic Bowl is expected to give the Cardinals' a boost in recruiting. At least one top prospect in Florida says the Cardinals are now his heavy leader.

Tallahassee, Fla., Lincoln safety Kendall Randolph was on a bus Saturday night traveling home from a track and field meet in Alabama.

But he was still watching the Russell Athletic Bowl.

"I was watching on my phone," Randolph said about Louisville's 36-9 domination of Miami in the game. "It was crazy."

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Randolph, who has over two dozen scholarship offers, said he was "pretty close" to make a decision on his college.

"Louisville is my leader," Randolph said. "I'm still looking at a couple of other schools, but they're the leader right now. I liked what I saw from them.

"I was really impressed with what they did."

Randolph, who said he is also looking at Kentucky and Stanford, will visit U of L on Jan. 17 and is hoping to make a decision soon after the visit.

"I just want to get there and see it on my visit," he said. "I just like the coaches and the relationships I have built with them. I'm excited about the visit."

A participate in the Jan. 6 Semper Fi bowl game in California, Randolph said the 39 players on the U of L roster from Florida is a big selling point. He also said a lot of Florida kids just want to see the school now.

"I know some guys on the team and they just love it," he said. "The Louisville coaches love to come down South and take guys back up there with them."

Randolph, who is ranked as the No. 58 safety in the country and a three-star by Scout.com, also holds offers from Arizona, Stanford, Georgia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi and more.

Randolph had 10 interceptions in his final two seasons at Lincoln. He finished his senior year with 59 tackles, six pass breakups and three picks.

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