Position change for 2012 safety?

LonghornDigest caught up with Waco (TX) Midway High safety Shakiel Randolph and got the latest on his summer and his upcoming junior season. The 6-foot-5, 190 pound defender also addressed rumors about a position change. Come inside for the latest scoop!

Waco (TX) Midway High safety Shakiel Randolph is not your average 2012 prospect. At 6-foot-5, 190-pounds, he possesses great athleticism and a frame that college coaches dream about. He runs a 4.46 40-yard dash and benches 300-pounds. He's also coming off of a breakout sophomore season where he registered 100 tackles, one interception (returned for a touchdown), four sacks and three fumble recoveries at free safety.

Earlier this summer it was believed that Randolph would be taking his talents to the outside linebacker position for his upcoming junior season. The proposed move was largely due his long frame and his exceptional tackling abilities. Despite the rumors, the Midway standout says he will remain in the defensive backfield during his junior season.

"There were talking about moving me to linebacker but I'm still playing free safety. I'm probably going to end up staying at safety," said Randolph.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound defensive back has been getting attention from college coaches across the country and already has one scholarship offer.

"Baylor offered me last spring, they are my only offer right now."

Some believe that Baylor might have the inside track on trying land Randolph's signature. His father, Denny Randolph played defensive line for the Bears during his college years. Despite being a legacy at Baylor, Randolph insists that his father's alma mater won't have any effect on where he decides to play his college ball.

"My dad's not trying to push me one way or the other. In the end it's me making the decision. He just wants me to select whichever school ends up being the best fit for me."

Baylor isn't the only school that Randolph has been hearing from. Texas, Texas A&M, Illinois, UCLA, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech along with several others have all been expressing serious interest.

Texas Longhorns defensive coordinator Will Muschamp stopped by Midway High last spring to watch Randolph during one of their scrimmages.

"Coach Muschamp told me that he's going to be keeping an eye on me this season. He told me to keep playing how I've been playing. He said he likes that I never allow myself to get into a bad situation on the field and that I always play full speed. I think they might be close to offering me if I keep playing well."

This summer Randolph has been focusing on improving his strength. He also hopes to help his team get further than they did last year, when they lost to Longview HS in the second round of the playoffs.

"I just want to get my team to the state championship, any thing I can do to help that, I'm going to do it. Individually I would just like to try and improve on what I did last year."

Randolph claims to be wide-open in his recruitment. He plans on attending the Texas/Baylor game this fall and possibly a Texas A&M game. He won 16-4A defensive sophomore of the year honors last season.

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