MADISON, Ala. — Kendall Randolph released his top 10 Saturday, but he’s already focusing on his next cut to five schools. Two SEC schools will make that list when it comes time to reveal his five finalists.
Randolph, a four-star offensive tackle from Bob Jones High School (Madison, Ala.), told SEC Country that Alabama and Auburn will occupy two of the five schools he will select from when it comes time to make a decision.
“I definitely have to show love to the in-state teams, Alabama and Auburn,” Randolph said. “I really don’t know which other schools may make the list. Those two schools show me so much attention and I have a really great relationship with both coaching staffs.”
While the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder may not have a favorite at this point in his recruitment, it’s clear that the Crimson Tide and the Tigers are in prime position to land his commitment when he makes it in the coming months. Randolph spoke about what he likes about each program.
On Alabama: “They really seem to set players up to succeed. After football, they have a plan in place to make sure you succeed in that, too. That’s one big thing that stands out. They also graduate a lot of their players. They win a lot of games and have fun doing it as well.”
On Auburn: “I love how fast they play. They run the ball a lot. That stands out to me. They also graduate their players at a high rate like Alabama.”
Randolph, who has been to both schools numerous times, could not name major differences between the programs. The only one that he came up with was the fact that they have two different offensive philosophies with Alabama running a pro-style offense and Auburn operating in a spread.
That’s the main reason why Randolph can’t name a favorite between the two schools at this point right now.
The rivals are trailing another SEC school in a major area, though — relationships.
The No. 7 prospect in the state of Alabama said he’s closest with Tennessee assistant Walt Wells more so than any other college coach. He also said he has a closer relationship to the Auburn staff, more so than with Alabama.
But there is one thing that has caught Randolph’s eye when it comes to the Crimson Tide.
“They seem to have their offensive linemen ready to play in the NFL because of the kind of offense they run,” Randolph said. “That’s a big key.”
Randolph plans on studying either business marketing or sports management on the next level. Besides making it to the NFL, he would like to either run his own successful business one day or be a football coach.
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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.