Folsom (Pa.) Ridley senior running back and linebacker Jalen Randolph is hoping Division-1 programs like what they see when he sends out his senior film. In fact, Randolph says some schools have already inquired about sending them highlights from his season.
"Maryland and Temple have asked for my senior film, and I was told they will offer if they like what they see," Randolph said. "I also visited Duke, and they also told me they were interested in seeing my senior film."
Randolph currently holds offers from Buffalo, Stony Brook and West Virginia and has received interest from programs like Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Marshall, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers and Temple. But outside of the Owls, Terrapins and Blue Devils, Randolph said no other programs have contacted him about his senior film highlights. So he is taking matters into his own hands.
"I'm going to send my senior film to a lot of schools," Randolph said. "I'd be happy to talk to anybody and will listen to what each school has to say. My mind is not made up on any one particular school. I will definitely look at all of my options and look forward to hearing feedback from schools regarding my senior film."
Randolph has run for more than 1,500 yards in the last two seasons for the Green Raiders and scored more than 20 rushing touchdowns. He said Duke talked to him about playing on offense, but added the rest of the schools, including those that have offered, talk to him about playing at linebacker. Last season, Randolph was part of a Ridley defensive unit which allowed a total of 88 points in 12 games (7.3 points per game), holding 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with four shutouts.
"If I had to pick one or the other (playing either offense or defense), I would pick offense," Randolph said. "But I am more than happy to play whichever side I am needed in college. I want to be in a position where I'll see time on the field."
Randolph said he knows his final year of varsity football will be different.
"There's a lot of eyes on me all the time," Randolph said. "We will be a young team this year (at Ridley). We have a lot of juniors starting who are trying to emulate what they saw last year. They all know the expectations and the tradition here at Ridley. We're focusing on winning the Central League championship (and then going from there)."
The tradition Randolph spoke of at Ridley includes an impressive streak of non-losing seasons which dates back more than three decades. In its program history, which began in 1934, the Green Raiders have an all-time record of 621-158-26 (.797).