LOI #24: Raynard Randolph

Brandywine (MD) Gwynn Park defensive tackle Raynard Randolph has signed with NC State!

Raynard Randolph
Scout Rating:
Scout Rank:
#60 Defensive Tackle
6-3, 300 pounds
Brandywine, MD

Projected position at NCSU: Defensive Tackle

Accolades: Ranked by ESPN as the #23 defensive tackle in the nation…Rivals.com ranks Randolph as the #47 defensive tackle in the nation and a three-star recruit…selected to the Maryland High School all-star game…Washington Post all-metro team selection…second team All-Met as an offensive lineman in 2008…first-team All-County as a sophomore…recruited to NC State by defensive line coach Keith Willis.

Commit Date: 1/12/2009

Recruiting Scene: The Pack wanted to solidify the defensive tackle position in this class and quickly made Randolph a priority once it became clear the interest was mutual. NC State, along with several others, extended offers early in 2008. For quite some time it appeared as though he was torn between NC State, Maryland and Penn State. Maryland stood out because the school is close to home, but ultimately his relationship with coach Willis at NC State may have been the difference.

Randolph does have family near Raleigh, and that could have played a factor, too. He committed to the Pack after his official visit to Raleigh.

Gwynn Park Head Coach Danny Hayes says: "We do most of our running behind him whether he is playing offensive guard or tackle and have been very successful because of that. He could definitely play on either side of the ball whether it is offensive guard or nose tackle and is one of the smartest linemen I have ever had at Gwynn Park. He's quick off the ball, has good speed and is just a very instinctual player.

"Run blocking really comes natural to him, but he loves to pass protect which you don't find in a lot of lineman. Raynard is very coachable, he picks things up quickly and he isn't afraid to ask questions. It's like having another coach on the field because he knows what all 11 players are supposed to be doing and those are some of the reasons he was the only sophomore captain I have ever had."

ESPN Evaluation: Randolph is a big kid with some ability. He will play on both sides of the ball in high school and displays some good ability as both an offensive and defensive lineman. He will likely initially project to the defensive side of the ball where he can be a run stuffing presence in the heart of the trenches. He has an adequate get-off. He is a prospect with good size for the defensive tackle position and will flash the ability to use that size to defend his gap and generate power from his lower body. He is active with hands and is able to separate and shed from blockers. He needs to be a little more consistent at separating, but displays the ability to keep blockers off of him. Like many big men he needs to watch his pad level as he will get tall quickly. Overall though he shows that he can get enough leverage to initially knock a blocker back and get into the gap.

He moves well laterally and is a kid who will do his damage between the tackles. He is a solid tackler and is capable of making the play when you run at him. Plays with a good motor. Really looks best suited to defending the run. As a pass rusher he can get push to collapse the pocket and with his activity with his hands he can get the occasional unimpeded rush. Randolph is a good defensive tackle prospect who can be a productive presence in the trenches. If for some reason defense does not work out he could be a solid guard.

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