Brian Randolph talks Tennessee visit

The 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Georgia was on hand this weekend for an official visit to the University of Tennessee. Brian Randolph, from Marietta's Kell High School, has known his college destination since last June, but called his last visit to Knoxville before signing day "reassuring."

"It was all pretty good," Brian Randolph said of his official. "My player-host was strong safety Brent Brewer (another Atlanta-area product). We hung out in the dorm. Some of the players came over, and they were all very nice and welcoming to me. It was a great experience."

Randolph, 6-0, 185, rushed for 1,068 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He aslo made 17 receptions for 414 yards and two touchdowns. On special teams, he returned seven kickoffs for 191 yards and one touchdown. Randolph, despite those astounding numbers offensively, is recruited for his prowess on defense.

"It was good going over plays with Coach (Peter) Sirmon, the new safeties coach," Randolph said. "The coaches all told me they needed me in the secondary. I'm probably going to play free safety."

On the defensive side of the ball, Randolph had 162 tackles (98 solo), four interceptions, nine pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries. He was named 4A Defensive Player of the Year. Tennessee has two coaches on defense, Lance Thompson and Terry Joseph, to thank for getting Randolph's commitment.

"The coaching staff are young and energetic," said Randolph, "and I think that enthusiasm is going to carry over to success on the field. I wanted to be a part of it. My parents (Mark and Lisa Randolph) came with me on the visit. They felt the same way I did. They're both very impressed with the sincerity of the coaches."

Randolph had offers from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Maryland, and probable runner-up, Georgia Tech. Randolph's older brother, Justin, plays for the Yellow Jackets.

"I'd have to give the visit a 10," said Randolph. "The highlight was going out with the players at night and talking with the other recruits like Pat Martin. It was all good and reassuring to me. I'm not going to take anymore visits. I'm ready to be a Vol."

This spring Randolph will run track for Kell where he has excelled in the 100 meter dash. He also runs relays and the 200 meter. He's set to graduate Kell on May 28th with an off-the radar 4.08 GPA.

"Freshman season is all about the PT," Randolph said. "I want to see the field. I may start out on special teams, but it's really about learning and becoming a better football player."

The Kell Longhorns went 12-1 in 2010. They made Georgia's 4A Elite Eight where they fell to Statesboro High School. A four year starter at running back, Randolph gained 1,300 yards rushing as a junior. He almost never left the field as an upperclassman contributing in all three phases; offense, defense and special teams. He wore jersey No. 37 for the Black and Burnt Orange at Kell.

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