Camping MLB Randall Has Rutgers in Top 4

Palmetto (Fla.) High middle linebacker DaQual Randall is camping at Rutgers, and Saturday during the Schiano Shootout he spoke with about the early portion of his visit, why the Scarlet Knights are in his Top 4, and the strong connection he has with the Rutgers program.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Palmetto (Fla.) High middle linebacker DaQual Randall arrived on the Rutgers campus a few hours earlier and already saw parts of the campus by the time he watched the end of Saturday's Schiano Shootout in Rutgers Stadium.

There is plenty more for him to experience as he camps at Rutgers, but he likes what he saw so much already he has Rutgers among his top schools.

"As of right now, I really love this school," Randall said. "I knew about the academics, but I wanted to see if I would like it up here. So far, so good. I like the environment. I'm looking around, looking at the campuses, looking how it is."

The 6-foot, 230-pound Randall is also starting to narrow his recruiting focus.

"I have a top four; Iowa State, Louisville, Mississippi State and Rutgers," Randall said. "I don't have a fifth yet, but I may. I want to pick a school by midseason. That way I can go ahead and focus and not get too caught up in the recruiting, and think about a state title."

Rutgers has a built-in connection with Randall, which is why he already has in-depth knowledge of the school, and the program.

Palmetto coach Dave Marino played for Rutgers in the mid-1980s, and has shared plenty about the Scarlet Knights with Randall.

"I know about the academic program," Randall said. "I know it's real good. You don't have to make it to the league. You can survive just off your degree from Rutgers. That's real good."

This visit is part of a barnstorming tour for Randall, who already visited South Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Miami and South Florida. He also has trips set to Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Iowa State.

"I'm looking at the environment, and the coaching staff, and if it feels like home," Randall said. "I want somewhere I can get a fair chance to start. I don't want a coach that shows any favoritism, a coach that is honest and will show me how to survive while I'm up here."

Randall can play all three linebacker positions, but he is most comfortable in playing in the middle. As a junior, he made 86 tackles and had four sacks in seven games.

"I prefer the middle because it just fits me," Randall said. "It's leading the defense and controlling the game."

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