January 31, 2010

Junior Day visit impresses Kell safety

Kell safety Brian Randolph may have had some initial concerns when Willie Martinez was fired as the Bulldogs defensive coordinator back in early December.

But after meeting with new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and new defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos during Saturday's Junior Day in Athens, whatever fears he might have had are a thing of the past.

"I like them fine, I liked them a lot," Randolph said during a Sunday telephone interview with UGASports. "I like the new defense (3-4) that they're putting in - three down linemen and four linebackers. I think it's going to work well."

The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder has been one of Georgia's top targets for 2011.

In fact, the athletic Randolph had already visited Athens three times previous, although Saturday's trip was his first since attending Georgia's game against Auburn on Nov. 18.

Up next, a Feb. 13 trip to Florida for the Gators' annual Junior Day.

Randolph said he still anticipates making up his mind sometimes over the summer from a list of five schools that includes (in no particular order) - Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

Randolph said there's plenty about the Bulldog program that appeals to him.

"I just had a great time," he said. "I got to visit all the coaches, checked out the entire school; it was a good visit. I love all the improvements they're making with the facilities that they have."

Georgia is already making good headway in regards to the Class of 2011.

Saturday, the Bulldogs received verbal commitments from Tucker athlete Chris Sanders and Griffin safety Corey Moore.

Could Randolph be next?

Perhaps, but he's not in that big of a rush to make his intentions known.

"I really want to get this done during the summer before we (Kell) start playing," said Randolph, who said he's gotten plenty of advice on how to handle the recruiting process.
"They just tell me to take my time and don't (immediately) turn anybody down," he said. "Because you never know what's going to happen in the future."

Randolph's biggest reason for choosing this summer will be so he can focus entirely on his senior season at Kell, which lost a tough decision to Peachtree Ridge in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

"That was tough," he said. "This year I want us to get farther - the state championship. I want us to become champions."

If the Longhorns make a deep playoff run, you can be sure Randolph will be there to help lead the charge.

After collecting 118 tackles as a sophomore, Randolph played on both sides of the ball for Kell last fall - collecting 120 tackles on defense while rushing for 1,250 on the offensive side.

"It takes a lot out of me to play both ways, but I like it," Randolph said. "But it's better than sitting on the bench."

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