Door Still Open for Randolph

Notre Dame was able to sign safety C.J. Prosise out of the Woodberry Forest School earlier this month. Now the Irish are back and looking to gain a commitment from a prospect already pledged to Stanford.

Is Notre Dame going after outside linebacker Doug Randolph?

"Yes sir a little bit," said Randolph. "I've talked with Coach (Scott) Booker a couple of weeks ago and we've been staying in touch since them. Also C.J. Prosise is from my school and he signed with them."

While stressing he's still committed to Stanford, Randolph is quick to dispel thoughts of him making a rushed decision in his early pledge.

"I wouldn't say I really rushed in to it," Randolph explained. "It was a well thought out decision and the best decision for my family. I wouldn't say it was rushed at all. I'm still committed, I'm just exploring some options just to make sure it is the right decision for my future."

With teammate Prosise in his ear, will that help Randolph sway towards the Irish?

"I wouldn't say I would do it from my friends," said Randolph. "It's really about what would be the best thing for my family. He's kind of recruiting me and showing me things about Notre Dame. But he's not really saying you should go there. He's just saying you should take a look at it."

With a pledge to a school on the other coast, Randolph has shown distance is not the main thing he's looking for.

"I'm really looking for the best fit," said Randolph. "Distance is kind of a factor because my family and I are really close. But it's really about whatever is the best fit for me. Notre Dame and Stanford are both pretty good distances from Richmond (VA), so it is something to look at. But distance is not really much of a factor."

On the field Randolph knows he's still a raw player with his best football ahead of him. What does the 6-foot-3, 214-pounder need to work on?

"My favorite thing to do is to rush after the quarterback," he said. "I would say I need to work on everything. Run defense and learning the game more because I'm still new to the game. This is my second season of playing football. I started three years ago, but didn't touch the field until two years ago.

"Basketball was my big sport, Football started to be a little fun as I was always a little physical kid and got too many charges playing basketball.

"I consider myself really versatile so I feel I could play almost anything. I think Notre Dame sees me as an outside linebacker. But I could also move up and play defensive end."

With his interest in the Irish, Randolph has planned to visit campus in the next couple of months.

"I plan on going up to Notre Dame in March some time," said Randolph. For me to make a change Notre Dame would have to appeal to me and be a better fit than Stanford was to me." will continue to follow the path taken by Randolph in the coming months. Top Stories