LOI #22: Raynard Randolph

Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy DL Raynard Randolph has signed with NC State!

Raynard Randolph
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: PG
Size: 6-3, 330 pounds
Hometown: Brandywine, MD
High School: Hargrave Military

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."

Why NC State? "It's so close to home... the business program too. I'm trying to be a Business Management major, and their business program is one of the top-ranked in the nation. That was an extra plus. It all just felt good... it was a good decision."

Picked NC State Over: Michigan State, Maryland, Penn State

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