Keeping his Eyes, Options Open

Despite a verbal pledge to Stanford, Woodberry Forest (VA) School linebacker Doug Randolph and his parents visited Notre Dame over the weekend.

A long-standing verbal pledge to Stanford Stanford has not stopped Notre Dame from pursuing linebacker Doug Randolph.

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound linebacker visited the Irish during their recent Junior Day and spoke with about his visit.

"The trip was nice and I liked it a lot," Randolph said following his visit. "The visit was about opening my eyes and letting me see something different. It's another place to look around."

Randolph did not come on the trip by himself and feels his family was impressed by their Irish experience.

"My parents went with me," said Randolph. "They liked it too and also enjoyed seeing something different to compare things to.

"Everything really stood out and there was nothing I really saw that was bad. The football coaches there are basically unmatched and it was nice seeing all the football history and how things are done."

One person Randolph was impressed with was Irish head coach Brian Kelly.

"I like Coach Kelly a lot," Randolph said. "He's very up front about everything and you can see he is a very driven guy."

Despite the positive visit Randolph is in no hurry to jump on the recent Irish recruiting haul.

"Right now I'm going to keep doing the same thing and continue to work hard and focus on my grades and to be ready for football next year," Randolph explained. "As far as recruiting, it's the same old thing as I'm still committed to Stanford but I'm just looking around to look around. It's still young in the process and looking around I don't think is going to hurt me."

One area Randolph is not too worried about is distance from his family.

"My family is really very close," he said. "It would be nice to stay close to them; however, it's going to be hard for them to see me because of their schedules regardless of where I go. The distance isn't too much of a factor."

One person in Randolph's ear about the Irish is Class of 2012 signee C.J. Prosise. Did the two catch up following this weekend's visit?

"C.J. and I had a nice conversation as he's one of my best friends," said Randolph. "So it was just a really laid back conversation." Top Stories