"I'll be going to Hargrave because I came up a little short," said Randolph. "It's a little frustrating for me, but it's my fault because I didn't apply myself as much as I could.
"I can't blame the coaches, my parents, or my teachers because it is my fault. I'm glad that I have the opportunity to attend prep school and I'm going to take advantage of this second chance so I can make it to NC State."
Randolph believes he will be able to enroll in college in January because he is so close to receiving a qualifying test score.
"I've been talking to the coaches about it, and I think I'll have to be in prep school for just a semester," he said. "I'm so close.... just a couple of questions away. It shouldn't take that much. I feel like I can get there by January."
A four-year starter at Gwynn Park High School, Randolph played offensive and defensive line. He totaled 68 tackles, four sacks, and an interception from his defensive tackle position during his senior campaign. Although he's projected to play defensive tackle, Randolph is also a talented blocker.
"We do most of our running behind him whether he is playing offensive guard or tackle and have been very successful because of that," said Gwynn Park head coach Danny Hayes. "He could definitely play on either side of the ball, whether it is offensive guard or nose tackle.
"He 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."
"I'm going to work hard while I'm down at prep school," said Randolph. "I know it's military-style and I'll have to wake up early but I'm used to that from doing two-a-days in high school.
"I'm trying to prepare myself for NC State. One thing I need to do now is call coach Willis and apologize to him. It's my fault, and I know the coaching staff and everybody was expecting a big things out of me."
Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Randolph picked NC State over offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Maryland, and West Virginia among others.
While he could have had a chance to contribute as a true freshman, Randolph knew he would have had to earn the playing time.
"Coach Willis doesn't promise anything," he stated. "He's real straightforward. He told me that if I came in and did what I could do then I'd earn my time on the field. He never said I would definitely play though."
Randolph says he currently checks in at 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds, and he wants to shed a few pounds before heading to NC State.
"I'm about 320 right now, but I think coach Willis wants me around 300... between 300 and 315," said Randolph. "I can drop that easily between now and when I get down there. I'll be at the prep school for a couple of months so that should help out."
He reiterated his plans to re-sign with the Wolfpack.
"I'm most definitely going to go to NC State," said Randolph. "I'm a Wolfpacker. I know some of the other guys in my class like Sylvester [Crawford] and Rickey [Dowdy]... I'm ready to get down there with them."
Raynard Randolph video highlights courtesy of NC State Athletics.