2013 Intro: Julius Randle

North Carolina's recruiting reach is getting younger and younger. Although the Tar Heels have held firm to their stance of not offering prospects until after their sophomore year, the UNC staff has an early eye on a few 2013 standouts, including Texas native Julius Randle.

Randle and his AAU team were in Akron (Ohio) last weekend for the King James Shooting Stars Classic. Leading his squad to a championship, Randle showed why he already holds offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.

A 6-foot-8, 215-pound big man, Randle is a true power forward that has an aggressive game inside. Mix his motor with his great hands, impressive moves in the paint and his high level athleticism and you have quite a prospect.

Randle looked every bit of an elite talent at the Akron event. The Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian Academy standout said he tries to diversify his game.

"I like to have an inside-out attack," he added. "I can drive to the basket or post up. If it's open I can hit the three, too."

Despite just finishing up his freshman season, recruiting attention is mounting for the 15-year old. With four offers and plenty of interest from the likes of North Carolina and Kentucky, Randle will have many collegiate options.

Randle at the Smith Center for UNC vs. Ga. Tech on Jan. 16, 2010
"It's started a lot," Randle said of his recruitment. "It's pretty heavy right now. My teammate, Zach (Peters), just committed to Kansas so it's getting a lot tougher right now, but I try not to think about it too much."

North Carolina has yet to visit Randle at his school, but the future five-star prospect said they've attended a handful of his games.

"Their assistant coach, he didn't come to any of our practices, but he came to a couple of our tournaments. Then me and Zach visited down there earlier this year."

Randle, who has also visited Texas, Missouri, Kentucky and Kansas, said he enjoyed his trip to UNC.

"It's a really nice campus," Randle said. "The coaches are really nice. They keep everything neat and they just have it all put together. They are good coaches and they know what they are doing."

Randle said UNC hasn't been in contact quite as much as some of the other schools on his list and mentioned to him that they like to take the process at a different pace than some of their peers.

"North Carolina, not as much as the others, but I've talked to them some," he said. "They are kind of taking it slow. When we went down there they told us both that they wouldn't offer until our junior year and that's how they do it."

Even with the early attention, Randle said he's just focused on playing spring ball with the Titans right now.

"I can't really tell you now," when asked about recruiting timetables. "I'm just worried about playing right now. I haven't really thought about committing yet."

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