Blue Chip Randle Catches Weis' Eye

It was a couple years ago. Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis and assistant Michael Haywood, stopped by Bastrop High in Louisiana to take a look at a couple of recruits.

"I've known Mike for a long time," Bastrop head coach Brad Bradshaw said. "It was the first time coach Weis had been here. They were recruiting another player down here at the time, but they said they liked the receiver."

That receiver was Rueben Randle, and with the way recruiting is going, Weis might have to make another personal stop by the school.

A top-100 player in the class of 2009, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound four-star standout was offered by LSU last Sept. 1, the first day juniors could be offered.

"It was good, I was a little nervous," Randle said about his conversation with LSU head coach Les Miles. Mississippi State and Sylvester Croom offered a few weeks later. "He told me he'd like me to come down there, and that I'm a good player.

"It felt good knowing I got interest around here."

Interest doesn't explain it. Blue chip is more like it.

Florida, Alabama, Miami and Notre Dame are a few of the many programs sending Randle stuff and calling Bradshaw, after he helped lead Bastrop to a third-straight state championship. Randle said he hauled in 55 passes for 1,068 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"He is being heavily recruited," Bradshaw said.

Randle ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the LSU camp over the summer, reported a bench press of 225 pounds, and a squat of 335.

"He's 6-3, and can run, and has grades," Bradshaw stated. Randle has a 3.5 GPA.

"Basically, I'm a deep threat," Randle said.

Randle has also been to a Mississippi State camp, a practice at Alabama, and attended the LSU-Florida game this season. He hardly reads his mail, and hasn't given college football too much thought yet, although he has put a lot of emphasis on being academically ready for any interested program.

"I'm going to start pretty soon going through things," Randle said. "It's about time to start. It won't be too long. I really don't have any schools right now.

"Basically, I'll be looking to see how I fit in, and the academic level."

Randle said he doesn't know much about Notre Dame, and that he'll have to learn more.

"He knows about Notre Dame," Bradshaw said. "He doesn't know that much about Notre Dame and the style of offense they run, but anyone that calls themselves a football player would understand Notre Dame."

A couple years ago, Weis and Haywood called Randle that, a football player. Top Stories