For Randle, It's About Family Ties

The 5-9 tailback/cornerback prospect, Bradley Randle from Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High, is getting attention and scholarship offers. He talks about his recruitment and the pretty strong family ties he has to two Pac-10 teams...

Vista Murrieta (Calif.) running back/cornerback Bradley Randle (5-9, 195) isn't a stranger to the bright lights of big-time athletics.

His father, Lenny, was a first round draft pick in the 1970 MLB Draft and played for 13 years in the majors. So Randle knows what it takes to excel at the next level.

"Sports runs in my family," said Randle. "I play football, baseball and track and I think do all three pretty well."

It's been on the football field, though, where Randle has been getting much of his attention.

"I have an offer from New Mexico and UNLV, and then schools like Fresno State, UCLA, USC and Arizona State looking at me," said Randle.

With the two Mountain West offers, it's a pair of Pac-10 schools that are standing out for Randle.

"Arizona State and UCLA are my top two schools," said Randle. "Those are both schools I know a lot about and my family has a history with those schools."

His father played baseball for the Sun Devils and is in the ASU Hall of Fame.

"My dad is leaning towards me going to Arizona State because he went there and that's where all of his love is at," said Randle.

Meanwhile, his cousin is former UCLA basketball star Tyus Edney, one of the heroes of the 1995 National Championship.

"Oh yeah, we talk about that and how he's pretty popular with UCLA fans," Randle said, in an understatement.

There is also another connection with the UCLA coaching staff. "One of my dad's professors was Coach (Rick) Neuheisel's dad, so we know Coach Neuheisel," said Randle.

The Bruins and Sun Devils aren't the only Pac-10 schools he's considering, but they lead a list that includes California, USC, Fresno State, San Diego State and Oregon.

"I'd like to take visits to UCLA and Arizona State and then a few more if I can," said Randle. "Coach (Jamie) Christian is recruiting me for Arizona State and Coach (Wayne) Moses is recruiting me for UCLA."

Randle hit the camp circuit this summer for further exposure. "I went to camps at Arizona State, San Diego State and UCLA this summer, just trying to get my name out there some more," he said. "Most of the schools said they want me to send them some more information and get my senior film to them. They want to see how my running is. A lot of schools are getting guys to commit early, but they want to look at some guys their senior year," said Randle.

Randle knows that with his size there are some skeptics, so he's doing his best to prove them wrong.

"I feel like with my size, I have a lot to prove. I feel stronger and faster. I've gotten some tips from Marshall Faulk and from Terrell Davis. He's coaching me some at running back. Marshall said I have to run a 4.4 every time. I go my hardest every play. I call myself "Baby" Sanders (for Barry Sanders)," Randle said.

He's coming off a season in which he ran for 976 yards (8.6 average) and 11 touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 286 yards (20.4 average) and four touchdowns.

Academically, he has a 3.4 GPA and already achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

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