Randolph ready to sign
Irish pledge, Doug Randolph of Woodberry Forest (Va.), has received his national letter of intent in the mail, and he can't wait until it's time to officially become a member of the Irish. "I'm really excited [for signing day]," Randolph said. "I'll have a ceremony at my school with my coaches, parents and teammates. Some of the students at Woodberry will be there, too." Originally a Stanford commitment, Randolph switched to the Irish on Sept. 7. Randolph said the flip was more about the connection he felt with Notre Dame, rather than any uneasy feelings felt towards the Cardinal. "Notre Dame is a great school, and I just felt that it was a better fit, overall," he said. "It's really just the combination of athletics and academics, plus the coaches and the players on the team. Stanford is still a great place." Former Woodberry Forest graduate and current Notre Dame defensive back, C.J. Prosise, was someone Randolph said he could trust throughout the recruiting process. "C.J. helped me a lot during everything," Randolph said. "He wasn't just telling me to come to Notre Dame, but he guided me through choosing the right school for me." Though a little unexpected, Randolph said he enjoyed watching Notre Dame's success on the football field last season. "It was crazy to watch," Randolph said. "I committed to them when they were unranked, and then just to see that turnaround was crazy. Coach Kelly told me that he thought their year to make a run like that was actually not going to be until next year." Randolph was recruited by Kelly and staff as a big skill player, and the 6-foot-3, 236- pound prospect is embracing his future role that will demand versatility. "I'm going to be playing the DOG linebacker," Randolph said. "I will learn more about my expectations in the summer, but I'll be rushing the quarterback and dropping into coverage, too. It is like a hybrid position. Last season, I mostly rushed. But, the year before that I played some cornerback so I can play in space, too." Randolph will report to Notre Dame's campus in early June. In the meantime, the linebacker will be hitting the weight room and the track. "I'll get my workout package from Notre Dame soon," Randolph said. "I'm also going to work out with the track team so I can improve my speed and my agility. I just want to keep improving my entire game." Randolph is ranked as the No. 31 outside linebacker, and he plans to major in business at Notre Dame.
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