Almost a year later Randle remains one of the gems of the class. Playing at 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, Randle finished his senior campaign with 118 tackles and three interceptions. When the final Scout.com rankings were released earlier this month, he was tabbed as the No. 6 outside linebacker prospect.
“It’s just a blessing,” said Randle. “I try to stay humble and let my play do the talking.”
Despite interest from the likes of Texas and Oklahoma Randle remained firm to his LSU pledge, making a number of unofficial visits to Baton Rouge over the past nine months.
On Friday, Randle and his parents drove in from League City for an official visit.
Expecting another normal weekend in Baton Rouge, the Lone Star State standout was overwhelmed by the attention that the coaching staff gave him on the final weekend before National Signing Day.
“I went over there thinking of it as a business trip where they would show me some academic stuff and we would just line things up,” he said. “I had just been down there a lot, so I expected it was nothing different. But from the start coach Miles and the rest of the coaches were with me. They showed me love from start to finish. I didn’t expect them to roll out the red carpet, but that was the treatment they gave me.”
Hosted by Houston native Michael Brockers, Randle enjoyed a dinner with Miles on Friday night followed by a full day of tours and meetings on Saturday.
Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach John Chavis, who spearheaded Randle’s recruitment, sat Trevon down for a one-on-one meeting, which ultimately shed insight on where Randle stands headed into his freshman season.
“We went over some schemes and he told me I have a great opportunity to be a starting linebacker on next year’s team,” said Randle. “I will work hard and prepare before I start school down there. He told me I would be just fine if I keep working hard and stay humble. After the talks we had, I am just ready to kick this thing off.”
After watching freshmen like Tyrann Mathieu in this year’s Cotton Bowl, Randle feels that the decision to attend LSU has handed him the quickest ticket to the field of all his college choices.
“I watched the game and just thought about how bad I wanted to be a part of it,” he said. “They had like four different freshmen all making really big time plays. I think that’s something I can do next season.
“The thing about LSU is that they work from the sun up until the sun down, and that brought me in. The players and coaches always talk about 110-percent effort. No excuses. We want to be the best, and that’s what I am coming there to be a part of. We talked this weekend about looking past the Cotton Bowl. The focus has to be on going to the big bowl.”
It was Randle’s first meeting with Les Miles since he turned away Michigan and signed a new deal with LSU. During conversations this weekend, Randle told his future headman that there was never a moment of concern.
“I had no worries on him or that decision,” said Randle. “Coach Miles isn’t dumb. He knows talent when he sees it. That’s something I always remembered. I figured he would stay, and look how it turned out. I felt like the media made it a big deal, but at the end of the day they don’t know what goes through his head. He’s an amazing coach who is very loyal.”
In a couple of days Randle will put the pen to the paper and sign with Miles and LSU.
“It’s where I wanted to be the whole time,” he said. “I can’t wait to come be a Tiger.”