Coach's Speak: Randle a "Quiet Leader"

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we talked with coach Clint Hartman from Clear Springs High School in Texas about his player and Oklahoma target Trevon Randle.

One of the big stories coming out of the Greater Houston area is the success of the Clear Springs football program. Only in its second full varsity year, the Clear Springs team is on the way to the regional round of the playoffs to face off against Houston Memorial.

After wins over Fort Bend Elkins and Pasadena Memorial, the Charger team has the confidence to see themselves going even farther. Many players contribute to the overall success, but junior athlete Trevon Randle could be pegged as the team leader.

For the Chargers, Randle plays in every facet of the game, mainly at linebacker and running back. He will likely be a Texas Top 100 player when the new rankings take place. Coming from Clear Springs coach Clint Hartman, he expects that much and more when talking about his star player.

"There's no doubt he will be a big-time player. He already has some Big 12 offers and that's as good accomplishment as anybody," Hartman said. "I think he is a top player in the nation and he could line up for anybody in the country and make them better. Whoever gets him will win some football games and he'll be a big part of it."

As for offers that have come through Hartman's office, Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Oregon are on the list. Of course there are many others, Hartman said those are the ones he knows for sure.

And though the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Randle's physical game is solid, Hartman speaks more on some of his other qualities.

"His biggest contribution is he is a leader. Greatest element he brings is a quiet confidence about him," Hartman said. "He just does not have much to say. But what he does do is lets his play doing the talking and he plays well. But he does know when to open up and speak. 

"He is a guy who is proven. When the chips are down, you are happy to have No. 4 on your team. I promise you."

This postseason, Randle has made quite the presence. In the game against Elkins, he had 47 rushing yards and a score. Defensively, he was in on more than eight tackles and had a 20-yard interception returned for a touchdown. 

In the latest 26-14 win over Pasadena Memorial, Randle had 68 yards and two touchdowns, also doubling on defense. 

On top of that, Hartman talked about some things that do not show up in typical recruiting updates and articles.

"I like that he brings consistency. You don't have to worry about grades or him getting in trouble," Hartman said. "He is always going to give you his all. When you look at all of those things, there is nothing to worry about.

"He is easily one of the best players I have coached in my entire career."

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