With his senior season over, Brandywine (MD) Gwynn Park defensive tackle Raynard Randolph will now turn his focus to recruiting. The run-stuffing 6-3, 295 pound lineman played both ways this past season and felt he helped improve his stock.
“We lost our playoff game so we ended up at 8-3,” said Randolph. “I had a pretty good year, though. I play defensive tackle but I also help out the team at offensive guard. But this season I thought I did an awesome job. I did as much as I could to help my team.”
Now Randolph is preparing for his official visits and his future in college. He recently told Pack Pride that he’s narrowed his favorites down to NC State, West Virginia and Penn State. Randolph talked about each program.
NC State- “Basically with NC State, what I like the most is the coaching staff. You know coach Willis, he’s making me feel comfortable and we talk once a week. We have nice, long conversations and he just makes me feel comfortable. I’m seeing good things on TV of course because I try to keep up with them. I like the environment plus I’m supposed to be taking a visit down there in a couple of weeks or so. That’s supposed to be an official visit.”
Penn State- “With Penn State it’s the tradition of the program. They’ve been good since day one. They have great alumni. One of my former teammates played there. It’s juts a great environment. It’s just a great, successful program and coach Paterno has just done his thing up there. They’re a winning program and I like to win so I know I’ll be winning at Penn State.”
West Virginia- “West Virginia is just a great powerhouse team. They fit my style of ball. They run a 3-3-5 defense and we kind of ran that this season so I’m used to it and feel that I could fit in. Plus the staff has welcomed me. I went there for an unofficial visit there last year with some of my teammates and I liked it. It’s a good environment there. They’re straight forward and they’re about school down there and that’s one of the things I really liked. It’s not just about football down there. It’s about football and school work.”
With recruiting hitting the stretch run, Randolph said one school has clearly shown their desire to add him in the class of 2009.
“NC State is recruiting me the hardest right now. Coach Willis, he stays consistent on calling me every week. He hasn’t talked so much about playing time. He’s just telling me how it is. If I don’t bring my A game I won’t start and I like that. He’s straight forward.”
For now, Randolph says all three of his favorites are equal but a decision may not be that far off.
“I’m thinking more about recruiting now since my season is over,” he said. “I did say I was going to decide after the season and I might make my decision in a couple of weeks. I’m going to wait until I take some official visits and see how things go and make my decision from there.”
Randolph is rated a three star prospect and the No. 54 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.