Four-star offensive lineman Kendall Randolph announced last month that he would play for Alabama, and family ties are one reason. Randolph’s brother, Levi Randolph, played basketball for Alabama from 2011-15.
“My brother went there, played basketball there,” he told GN. “I am trying to follow in his footsteps and become an academic All-American.”
Randolph (6 feet 5, 290 pounds), from Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones, is considered a national top-200 prospect overall and a top-25 offensive tackle. In addition, he is top-10 prospect in the state of Alabama. He chose the Tide over a host of suitors, including Auburn, Florida, LSU and Michigan.
"They get them ready for playing at the next level," Randolph said of Alabama coaches. "They win games."
Madison is about two hours from Tuscaloosa, and Randolph is familiar with the tradition and history of Crimson Tide football.
"I love the atmosphere of Bryant-Denny Stadium," he said. "It’s a historic field. Being able to say that I will be able to play on the field one day and contribute on the team is a dream come true."
He said proximity to home was another factor in his decision to commit to the Tide.
"I love being able to play close to home," he said. "My parents and my family are at every game; that is huge."
Though Randolph plays tackle in high school, he may move inside for the Tide.
"They’re recruiting me as a guard and tackle," he said. "I feel comfortable playing any position that a coach needs me to play. Guard, tackle, center, even on the defensive side of the ball -- wherever they need me to play, I feel I can contribute on the team ...
"Wherever Coach needs me to play, I’m going to get the job done. Roll Tide."
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