Jeremy Randle Gets Gopher Interest

Jeremy Randle, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound junior running back from Minneapolis (MN) De LaSalle, is one of the state's top two-sport athletes in the Class of 2008. Randle helped lead the Islanders to the Class AAA title in basketball and was named first-team Associated Press All-State prep football team as a return specialist. recently caught up with Randle to learn the latest.

Jeremy Randle had 11 kickoff returns for 506 yards and four touchdowns and eight punt returns for 205 yards and two scores. He rushed for over 1,000 yards as he averaged 6.6 yards per carry. He had 14 rushing touchdowns and had 20 total touchdowns.

Randle led the Islanders to a 7-3 record, losing to Delano 274-0 in the second round of the playoffs. He rushed 18 times for 271 yards versus Breck and had three other games for more than 100 yards in the regular season. He had 15 carries for 137 yards against St. Paul Academy, 20 carries for 151 yards against Blake and 20 carries for 128 yards against Concordia Academy.

De LaSalle finished 9-2 in his sophomore season, losing to Delano in the section championship game.

Randle averaged 9.6 points per game this season as he was limited to just nine games due to injuries. He scored 25 in the season opener against St. Thomas and played two other games before missing two months. Randle played the final six contests, scoring in double figures twice.

Randle was named the MVP of the 16-and-under division of the Hoosier Shootout last July while playing for the 43 Hoops AAU team. He was the hero in the 43 Hoops' 66-64 upset semifinal win over Indiana Elite Municipal Gardens. His three-pointer with three seconds left forced overtime and his shot at the buzzer was the game winner.

Randle averaged 4.6 points per game as a sophomore for the Islanders as they rolled to the Class AAA title, defeating Duluth East 65-47 in the title game. De LaSalle won its three state tournament games by an average of 20 points as they beat Totino Grace 61-36 and St. Thomas Academy 63-44.

Randle is also getting looks as a running back from North Dakota State and Minnesota. He attended the Gophers' junior day last spring and said that he will attend the North Dakota State, Minnesota and Wisconsin summer camps.

Randle said that he is working hard to get ready for next year.

"Right now I'm doing some running and lifting every day to get stronger and faster," he said.

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