Recruiting: Joseph Randle Focusing On Team

One of the best running backs in the nation is just up the road in Wichita, Kan., at Southeast High School. Joseph Randle is a 6-0 1/2, 190-pound back that has the speed at 4.5, is strong, has good vision, is manueverable, and is also a good receiver out of the backfield. Oh, he is also a pretty good tackler when he plays defense.

His bloodlines are good too as his brother, John, played running back at Kansas. He admits that if he had a childhood favorite it was the Jayhawks where his brother played.

He has a load of offers including Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State,Illinois, Miami, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas A&M, Boston College, Arizona, and Stanford.

"I guess I liked Kansas with my brother playing there," said Randle. "I think the offer from Stanford wowed me. I thought that is a school that could put me at the top."

Randle, who last season rushed for 834 yards and 15 touchdowns on 150 carries while also catching nine passes for 72 yards, is very academically oriented. Yes, he rushed for 1,733 yards and 22 touchdowns in a breakout sophomore season, but he is also interested in majoring in enginnering, architecture, or law.

"My brother is an engineer and I have an uncle that is a lawyer," said Randle, who is a good student himself. "My sister is going to be a doctor. She has her masters and is set to go to medical school.

While Randle has a lot of offers and could spend his summer contemplating his recruiting decision, but he is more concerned about pressing matters.

"I have not gone to any camps," said Randle. "I have just gone to seven-on-seven with my teammates. I am thinking about my team and the upcoming season. I would say my recruiting, visits, and any decision will come after the football season unless something dramatic happens."

Randle is a thoughtful, loyal, and talented player. He is also a track standout running the 100, 200, and 400 meters. Schools that want to pursue the multi-talented Randle will need to be patient but he is worth it.

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