Randolph reschedules SMU official visit

Three-star SMU safety commit Shakiel Randolph (Waco Midway) was supposed to take his official visit last weekend for the Rice game, but he wasn't able to make it. But don't be alarmed, the only reason he has to reschedule is due to high school playoffs. Last Friday, Midway got a huge win over Denton Ryan and is preparing for the state quarterfinals this week against Wichita Falls Rider.

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.

Randolph is a big get for the Mustangs, as he still being highly sought after by Oklahoma State, Baylor, Southern Miss and Arkansas. But he doesn't plan on changing his decision.

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."

Kelly, who was supposed to take in the Rice game with Randolph, is a junior running back at Midway who is being looked at by Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

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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