Shakiel Randolph, a three-star SMU safety commit, was expected to take his official visit to SMU last weekend for the Rice game along with friend and Waco Midway teammate B.J. Kelly, but Randolph did not end up making the trip.
But don't be alarmed, the only reason he didn't come is due to his busy playoff schedule.
Last Friday night, Waco Midway beat a loaded Denton Ryan squad, 19-7. Randolph's team will play Wichita Falls Rider in the quarterfinals of the Texas 4A Division I playoffs this week.
Randolph said the win over Ryan was extra sweet because it was a revenge game.
"It was the team we had lost to last year in the playoffs in the same round," he said.
The defense as a whole had four interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Randolph had a forced fumble and a big hit, he said.
Randolph said that once the playoffs are over, he will schedule another official visit.
"I'm still solid [to SMU]," he said of his commitment.
So why SMU?
"I love their football program, the school's big academics and it's a real at-home atmosphere," he said.
Randolph wants to go the pre-med route and eventually become a pediatrician, he said.
He also mentioned that although choosing a school close to home was not a factor, the fact that SMU is only an hour-and-a-half away from home and his family can come see him play is a "nice plus."
Randolph and Kelly have been very close friends since the sixth grade.
"B.J. told me he was interested [in SMU]," Randolph said.
Asked if he'll do some inside recruiting, Randolph laughed and said, "Oh yeah."
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