Is Randle Proving He's Worthy?

Bradley Randle, the 5-9, 195-pound running back from Vista (Calif.) Vista Murrieta, has plenty of recruiting attention, but he's looking at his senior year as an opportunity to get the scholarship offers he prefers, one specifically from a certain Pac-10 school...

Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta running back Bradley Randle (5-9, 195) is getting attention from Pac-10 schools, but he's trying to show in his senior season that he's worthy of a scholarship offer.

Through the early part of the season, Randle has rushed for 397 yards, tallied 122 yards receiving and two receiving touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns.

On Friday night, in a big game against Los Osos and UCLA commit Richard Brehaut, Randle looked at it as an opportunity.

"San Diego State, Fresno State, Oregon and Arizona State coaches all sat together at the game on our side," Randle said. "We beat Los Osos and it was wild. I was able to rush for 195 yards on 22 carries."

UCLA, however, is the team that Randle is favoring more and more. "I'm really trying to wear the blue and gold. The Bruins could use a hard-nosed, every down back like myself," said Randle.

Randle attended UCLA's Pac-10 opener with Arizona, a school he's also interested in, and he enjoyed his time at the Rose Bowl. Randle said: "I met Milton Knox and Aundre Dean at the Arizona game. Milton redshirted to get bigger and Dean from Texas is cool. We spoke for a while and he told me about how they go hard in practice now and how Coach Moses will play the running back that had the best practice. I like that kind of coach."

At the same time, Arizona likes Randle as a running back, and as a two-sport athlete. "Arizona wants me to play baseball and football, which I'd like to do," Randle said. "I go out there a lot to play for to play for a Cardinals scout team (for baseball) and we are in Arizona a lot."

New Mexico and UNLV have offered Randle a scholarship, while Arizona State is also showing interest. His father, former MLB player Lenny Randle is in the ASU Hall of Fame.

But Randle said the Bruins and Wildcats stand out for now. "I'm just hoping to keep doing well. I'm hoping to get more attention with my hands and especially my blocking too," said Randle.

In their last game, Randle had a 95-yard kickoff return for a score, one of his three touchdowns on the night. "I took a screen for 30 yards on a touchdown and I had to run over a lot of linebackers to do it," said Randle.

Aside from his father's major league experience, Randle's cousin is former UCLA basketball player Tyus Edney, so the Bruin connection is strong.

He's coming off a junior 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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