Joseph Randle: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Southeast High School head coach Gary Guzman about Joseph Randle, a 6-1, 200-pound running back from Wichita, Kan.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Gary Guzman: Well, obviously he's very athletic. One of his strengths is his leadership. He's a great leader for us, and he has been since he started playing varsity football when he was a freshman. He's got great vision and sees the field very well. He started both ways for us and we just didn't try to keep him fresh offensively because we needed him on the defensive side also. He also returned punts for us, and returned kickoffs for us … so he was on the field all the time. I guess another one of his skills as a running back that is very important especially to a team like Oklahoma State that likes to throw the ball a little bit is that he can catch the football.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Gary Guzman: Obviously the level of competition, it's going to be much, much greater, and the speed of the game. His brother (John) played at KU for a couple of years, and as a freshman he got quite a bit of playing time, and Joseph compares to pretty well to his brother. They've got a lot of the same skills. But it's a whole other ballgame, and as I said the speed of the game is going to be very challenging. The things you might have gotten away with in high school you might not get away with in college.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Gary Guzman: He made highlights every game. He just made a lot of great plays for us. He had a great stiff-arm that he used quite a bit. If you look at every game you're going to find great plays that he made. He's just one of those exciting players.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Gary Guzman: I go back to leader. He's a great leader. Talented. Versatile.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Gary Guzman: That's a good question because obviously he had a lot of schools working him pretty hard. I would say because it's close to home, and I think he actually has family in Oklahoma. I think that had a lot to do with it, and I think he got the idea that he didn't want to follow in his brother's footsteps as far as going to KU because he had the opportunity to go there. I'm going to say the fact that it's close and he has family in Oklahoma.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Gary Guzman: If he does what I expect him to he should have an impact. How quickly? I don't know. I don't know if he can have an impact right away like his brother did (at KU) but I definitely think he can be very, very competitive also. You were asking what are some of his qualities and he's got some competitiveness in him.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Gary Guzman: I expect him at some point in time to have an impact and play a major role in that program, whether it's on the offensive side, the defensive side or on special teams. How quickly that will be, I have no idea but I do think he will be successful.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Gary Guzman: He's very coachable. He made it very easy on us. When you have a kid who is coachable and understands the game as well as he did, it was nice to have a player on the field who understands what you're trying to accomplish and understands the game. He was basically an extra good on the field, and we're going to miss that about him.

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