Gwynn Park's Raynard Randolph Talks Terps

The University of Maryland football program has developed a strong rapport in recent years with the talent-rich program at Gwynn Park High, located in Brandywine, Md., a short ride from College Park. The Terps have snagged three players from Gwynn Park over the past few years in Adrian Moten, Quinton McCree and Taylor Watson. The next big thing in a Yellow Jackets jersey: Raynard Randolph.


Randolph, whose name TSR first reported as a potential big-time prospect before his sophomore year, is a 6-foot-3, 295-pound junior with interest from more than a dozen major programs. He holds offers from Rutgers, Tennessee, West Virginia and Syracuse, along with serious interest from Maryland, Georgia, N.C. State, Pitt, Penn State and others.

Randolph does not have a Terps offer, a fact he attributes to his recruiting coach, Bryan Bossard, being let go at the end of last season. But new offensive coordinator James Franklin has quickly been making up ground on several locals, including Randolph, who this morning was told by Gwynn park coach Danny Hayes that is seems an offer is coming soon.

Though Randolph has been awaiting an offer, he remains interested in Maryland and attended a Terps practice last weekend.

"It was intense and fast-paced … I've always been up there. I went to their camp a couple times," Randolph said. "Coach Franklin is a real good guy. He's real honest with you.

"If they offer me and show me some love, I'll still take them into consideration … Maryland is a great school. It's always a plus when you get offered by the school in your home state," he said.

Still, several other programs have caught his eye as well. He seems enamored with West Virginia, and was preparing to leave this afternoon for a visit to Morgantown. "They've been really strong on me. They have a reputable program and they're on TV a lot and get a lot of exposure," he said.

Randolph also reports a 2.8 GPA, which he said he's working to get up to a 3.0. He is a valuable commodity in that he has prototypical defensive tackle size and great quickness. He recorded 72 tackles a year ago, an enormous number for a defensive tackle.

"He's an animal," said Gwynn Park coach Danny Hayes. "You can ask the other coaches [in P.G. County] about him. They thought he graduated."

Randolph doesn't plan to commit until the end of the summer at the earliest, though Hayes said he could be an early commit type. Randolph said it's likely he'll attend the Terps spring game, though Penn State is trying to have him in for a visit the same weekend.

TSR and Scout.com will keep you posted…

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