Battle Creek Central’s Brandon Randle is quickly becoming one of the top recruits in the state and his stock seems to rise with every new college football offer.
Randle was seemingly an under-the-radar recruit until last month when he was offered by Michigan State University. Since, Randle has continued to get attention from college programs and that means he still has a lot to think about before making a commitment to where he wants to play college football.
A ‘three-star’ 6-foot-2 215-pound linebacker in the Class of 2016, Randle has recently been offered by Big Ten schools Indiana and Minnesota, which gets added to his list that already included MSU, North Carolina State and Mid-American Conference schools Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Buffalo and Kent State.
“I am just trying to enjoy the recruiting process. I feel like I have a feel for it now more that it has gone on a bit,” Randle said. “But I’m trying to not put myself under any pressure and I’m not looking to make a quick decision. I do want to decide something before football starts in the fall. That might mean it could come soon or it might be some time during the summer.”
Randle could have some more to think about in the coming weeks as he says the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa both want him to visit soon. As Randle has seen so far, those on-campus visits are usually when new official offers come about.
“He has fallen in love with the recruiting process a little bit. And you want to let him enjoy it, but you want to keep him on task also. You have to find balance. But he is doing a good job with it overall,” Battle Creek Central football coach Lorin Granger said.
It has been a flurry of activity in terms of recruiting for Randle, who is also currently having a standout track season as well as attending some football combines and making visits on the weekends. Seemingly after every time he posts at a combine, or every track meet, such as when he set the conference record in the long jump (23-feet, 1-inch) – Randle sees his star rise a bit more. At the Rivals Combine in Saline, Randle shined among the nearly 500 athletes in attendance. He ran a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, which was the top time among linebackers, and had a 4.4 in the shuttle run and 7.6 in the 3-cone drill.
“I think he was definitely under the radar to begin with, maybe he still is to a certain extent,” said Granger. “But that changed a little when Michigan State offered. MSU saw the potential he had and that’s why they offered. Some schools followed and some schools are still waiting a bit to find out more about him. But what they are seeing, is with the way he works and with his potential, there is no reason to think he can’t play at that level.”
Since getting the offer from MSU, Randle has hinted that the Spartans are on the top of his list currently. In recent weeks, MSU has seen a surge of commitments from prospects. Some of those commitments have come by way of other prospects doing the recruiting for the coaches to urge their fellow high school standouts to all come to East Lansing. All of which has been interesting to see according to Randle.
“Obviously MSU is a great program. A lot of kids want to go there and as a result they are getting a lot of early commits,” Randle said. “Michigan State could be a good fit for me, but I’m still looking at some other schools and see what will work best for me.
“But I’ve had some guys try to get me to commit, too. Abdul Adams is a guy who has committed to MSU and we have been doing some texting and talking on Twitter, he’s recruiting me some, too.”
An impactful all-purpose player for Battle Creek Central, Randle was a threat all over the field during his junior season, lining up in the backfield and outside on offense. Randle helped BCC to a 5-4 season after the Bearcats had a combined one win in the last three years.
Randle, also a force on defense, finished with 50 tackles, including two sacks. On offense, Randle had 600-plus all-purpose yards as he earned All-SMAC East honors.
Granger is supporting Randle taking his time to see what works, but he has also reminded his player that not all offers will be out there forever.
“The schools have been very honest. They say they might only be able to take a set number of linebackers in a class and they have offers out to others, too. So there is some danger to waiting too long. And you could lose an opportunity to go to a school, but that’s O.K. if you are O.K. with that,” Granger said.