MADISON, Ala. — Five years ago when former Crimson Tide basketball standout Levi Randolph was choosing which school to attend, his brother, Kendall, told him he should stay in-state and go to Alabama.
“(Levi) asked me, ‘Kendall where do you want me to go?'” Kendall told SEC Country. “I told him to go to Alabama. I dreamed of it for him and now I’m getting my shot.”
Fast forward five years from when Levi was a recruit, it was Kendall’s turn to ask his little brother where he should go to school. A 4-star offensive guard from Bob Jones High School (Madison, Ala.), Kendall chose Alabama over Auburn and Tennessee on Sunday.
Alex Randolph, a 5-year-old who is about to start kindergarten at Horizon Elementary School, told SEC Country why he told his big brother Alabama was the school he should choose.
“Because I wanted him to be an Academic All-American,” Alex said. “My other brother, Levi, was an Academic All-American for Alabama.”
Levi was named the 2015 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Alex said school is important to him because of all of the friends he made in preschool. He’s hoping Kendall will be able to have as many friends as he has when he gets to Alabama.
“I have so much friends,” Alex said. “I like making friends.”
Alex has visited Alabama with Kendall in the past, but even though the soon-to-be-kindergartner is a big fan of both Alabama’s basketball and football teams, there is one thing he doesn’t like about the school.
“He is very scared of (Alabama mascot) Big Al,” Kendall said. “Every time he sees him, he just takes off and cries. But when he’s been to games and Big Al isn’t around, he’s hyped all of the time. He knows every person on the team.”
One of Alex’s favorite players is former Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland. Like his big brothers, Ragland also attended Bob Jones High School when he was going through the recruiting process. Kendall spoke to Ragland before committing to Alabama. The current Buffalo Bills linebacker told Kendall that he should be ready to work when he gets to Alabama.
Because Ragland also attended Alabama, that was another big reason why Alex wanted his brother to go to Alabama.
“Alex loves Reggie,” Kendall said. “They’re like brothers for real.”
Randolph is listed on scouting sites as an offensive tackle, but Alabama is recruiting him as an offensive guard. He says he has not decided whether he will continue visiting other schools, but he is “locked in” with his commitment.
His focus is now on recruiting 4-star offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson and 4-star defensive end LaBryan Ray for Alabama. Randolph is now a part of what’s turning out to be the best offensive line class in the Nick Saban era at Alabama.
“We have talked about that possibility,” Randolph said. “We have a lot of great offensive linemen coming in. I’m working on getting Wilson to join us, too. I spent a lot of time with him when I was in Tuscaloosa last week. I hope we can get him. He seems like he likes Alabama a lot. But I think this offensive line class is great.”
Alex said he doesn’t like offensive linemen too much because “they don’t score points,” but he’ll be there every step of the way cheering on his big brother next season when he plays for his favorite team.
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Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.