Doug Randolph (Linebacker, 6'3" 236 pounds)Woodberry Forest head coach Clint Alexander spoke to Irisheyes.com recruiting analyst Brian Dohn about his pupil shortly after Randolph switched his pledge from Stanford to Notre Dame:
"He is a high energy, impact player with nothing but upside," Alexander told FOX Sports NEXT's Brian Dohn in an August interview. "He's 236 pounds right now and is probably going to be 245 by the time spring rolls around. He really isn't done growing. You can tell. But he's still a physical freak.
"He's tailor-made for (CAT)" Alexander said. "He's an unbelievable pass rusher. He can play in space. We had a game last year where a tall receiver was killing us and I told him, ‘Go man him up. You play basketball. Go take him out of the game.' That was it. The kid never caught another ball. He can play in space, but he's a great pass rusher.
"He's fast, he has real long arms and he just keeps coming. He's got a first and second and third move. He's not just going to make one big effort and say, ‘Oh, I got stopped.' I think he wears a lineman out with that. Everybody's got a first move, but I think he has a second and third."
Veterans returning at Linebacker: 5th-year senior Carlo Calabrese, 5th-year senior Dan Fox, senior Prince Shembo (1), senior Kendall Moore (2), senior Justin Utupo (2), junior Ishaq Williams (1), junior Jarrett Grace (3), junior Ben Councell (3), junior Anthony Rabasa, sophomore Romeo Okwara (3)
Berk on Smith: A perfect fit for the Irish 3-4 defensive scheme at linebacker, Randolph brings above average speed along with a long frame that will allow Randolph to rush the passer or cover a receiver.
Dohn on Player: Randolph was asked to do different things at WoodberryForest School, but at Notre Dame he will play linebacker and it should suit him well. Randolph is comfortable in coverage and also can get to the passer. He has very good burst but needs to work on his change of direction. Strength is also needed, but Randolph is agile enough that he played cornerback at times.
O'Malley's Initial SlottingRandolph's pass-rushing prowess and athleticism can't be ignored, unfortunately for the incoming athlete, neither can Notre Dame's 2013 depth at the Cat 'backer position. Prince Shembo has the starting job on lock down, with true junior Ishaq Williams a capable backup and redshirt-sophomore Anthony Rabasa providing insurance.
Pending weight game of 20-40 pounds, sophomore-to-be Romeo Okwara (239 in his August listing) appears to be a Cat/DE in the future as well.
With Jaylon Smith the prototype Dog and Danny Spond returning as a starter for 2013, where does that leave Randolph? Hopefully for Irish fans and for Randolph's future, on the scout team. It doesn't sound glamorous on National Signing Day, but if the Irish don't need Randolph in 2013, they shouldn't use him, because his presence on the 2014 to 2016-17 roster, along with that of 5-star wunderkind Jaylon Smith, would give the program a pair of outside linebackers to build on for the foreseeable future.
There's a need for backup help inside, but the skill set necessary to compete at the Mike and Will appears far different than what Randolph has illustrated on film. Still, he could get an initial evaluation inside simply because a backup position is there for the taking.
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