2013 Commit No. 1: Doug Randolph

Coming off the historic 2012 recruiting cycle, Stanford's football program is off to excellent start on signing another top class in 2013. The Cardinal already have a commitment from Virginia outside linebacker Doug Randolph, who has a four-star rating from multiple recruiting services.

Doug Randolph committed to Stanford in June 2011, a few days after participating in a camp on The Farm.

"They set a great first impression, that's for sure," Randolph said. "The campus and facilities are great, the weather was nice. The way it was laid out, the football facilities and history there were all really nice."

Randolph, whose parents and two siblings are doctors, decided to make his decision early, as he didn't see the use in waiting.

"Stanford was really the only place I would have made that early of a decision to," Randolph said. "But there's really no beating it. Might as well not even waste my time with playing any games because that's really where I wanted to go."

Since his commitment to Stanford, he's maintained consistent contact with several members of the Cardinal coaching staff. "I talk to Coach Pep [Hamilton] every couple of weeks," Randolph said. "And then usually when I call him a few other coaches will be around, so I talk to Coach Shaw, Coach Mason, and Coach Anderson. Coach Mason actually came out a few weeks ago to say hello and catch up a little bit."

Randolph also kept a close on eye on Stanford's 2012 recruiting efforts, and has been in touch with several members of the 2012 recruiting class, and at least one potential 2013 signee.

"That was great to watch, that was a lot fun, seeing it all come together, because a lot of people were really doubting Stanford post-Luck," Randolph said. "I'm really looking forward to them having a great year this year to kind of shut all that up.

"I talk to Aziz Shittu and some of the other [2012] commits on Facebook. And Peter Kalambayi, he's a 2013 recruit. I talk to him a lot. We actually went to a camp this summer and roomed together, so we've been pretty good friends since then. We talk pretty often."

Randolph's early Stanford commitment hasn't stopped other schools from recruiting him, however. The 6-foot-3, 214-pounder has offers from Virginia and Boston College, and is receiving interest from plenty of other schools including Notre Dame and Michigan. He's scheduled to take visits to Virginia (this weekend), Notre Dame (next month), and Michigan (undetermined).

Nonetheless, Randolph still claims a solid commitment to Stanford, and isn't sure what it would take for another school to change his mind.

"It's still very committed in my mind," Randolph said. "I don't know what it would take. It would have to be better than Stanford, at everything Stanford's the best at, which is a whole lot."

Although he's not certain whether he'll visit Stanford for a Junior Day this spring, Randolph does plan to camp with the Cardinal again this summer.

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