Roy Williams Offers Randle

Julius Randle, the top rated prospect in the 2013 class, was expecting a scholarship offer from North Carolina. But he didn't expect to get it this soon.

"Coach Williams has been known to never offer sophomores," Randle said, who got the call from the UNC coach on Monday night. "They (the NABC) had asked that coaches not offer until a certain date where the players are declared to be a junior. He said nobody was sticking by that."

"So he offered me and this other kid named Bronson Koenig," Randle added. "He said we would be the only two sophomores in the sophomore class that he would offer."

Randle, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward out of Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian, said he was excited about getting the offer.

"Being offered by a school like North Carolina is always a great honor because of all the history and coaches and all the national championships that they won when they proved themselves," he said. "Just to be offered by a school like that is great."

As a freshman, Randle took a visit to the Chapel Hill (N.C.) campus to see a game with his close friend and now Kansas commitment Zach Peters. That trip gave him a good feel for life at North Carolina.

"I remember being at the mall and someone said ‘Are you a 2013 recruit' and I said ‘Yeah.' It tells you how much the fans know about the recruits and how educated they are on the place. It's a great school academically also, so that's a good thing."

"North Carolina is a great school and they have coaches that want to develop you both as a person and as a player," Randle said.

Although he doesn't have a date set for a return trip, UNC's staff has made it a point that they would like to get him back to campus soon.

"Recently they've been talking to me about coming up there whenever I can," Randle said. "I just want to get another opportunity to see them again."

UNC, Duke, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Baylor, Missouri, Kentucky, North Carolina State and Ohio State are all in the mix with the top recruit.

"Right now I'm just seeing where it goes," he said. "Probably in my junior year I'll get into taking some visits and maybe even over the summer I'll probably get into it. Right now I'm pretty much watching teams and seeing what they are doing."

Randle is planning to be slow and deliberate with the recruiting process. He's not in a rush to make a college choice.

"I don't plan on making any type of decision. From talking to my mentor, he just said the best thing to do is to just take it all in. That's what I want to do."

"I haven't been through this and I want to enjoy this," Randle continued. "This is the only time I'm going to be able to do it and I just want to enjoy it all and not rush any decisions."

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