Tag:Jerrard Randall
Posted on: March 27, 2011 12:15 am

Randall signs with LSU

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Although the verbal commitments for the class of 2012 are well under way this late in March, it took until Saturday evening for the class of 2011 to finally wrap up. Well over a month after Signing Day, Hollywood (Fla.) quarterback Jerrard Randall ended up signing his letter of intent with LSU, the school confirmed.

The former Oregon commitment started looking elsewhere close to Signing Day after he did not make a qualifying test score for the school. He reopened his recruitment and since made the necessary test score to enroll with the Tigers.

"I just signed with LSU...like right now. It is a done deal," Randall told Rivals. "I wanted to find a place I could call home and LSU is that place for me."

Randall was MaxPreps 18th-ranked dual-threat quarterback for last year's class and held scholarship offers from Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and others.

"After I got my score, Oregon told me they didn't have a spot for me and I started looking around at schools," he said. "I started looking around at schools and LSU was one of the first that contacted my high school coach."

Randall is LSU's 23 signee and the third quarterback for the class of 2011, joining Stephen Rivers and junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger.

Posted on: March 12, 2011 7:36 am

3/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Tons of great action today with the Elite 11 kicking off at UCF, the Badger Sports 7-on-7 at USF and the Jacksonville Under Armour Combine.

- Coveted athlete Shaq Thompson has re-opened his recruitment just days after committing to Cal.

- A brief look at how recruiting could be impacted at Ohio State in the wake of the Jim Tressel controversy.

- A few names to watch at today's previously mentioned Badger Sports 7-on-7.

- Miami could be one of the schools in the running for 2011 quarterback Jerrard Randall.

- Michigan State is eyeing an Ohio running back William Mahone.

Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: March 11, 2011 9:39 am

3/11 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Terrible news out of Japan late last night as a massive earthquake struck the region. Thoughts and prayers go out to the people affected. On to the recruiting links:

- One of the top quarterbacks in the nation, Zeke Pike, picked up offers from Maryland, Miami, Florida State and Colorado. He is planning on unofficially visiting Georgia, Florida State, North Carolina and LSU over his spring break.

- Several Army All-American Bowl invites were handed out yesterday, with offensive tackle Avery Young, offensive tackle Jessamen Dunker and tight end Kent Taylor all being honored.

- Lots of recruiting tidbits from the state of Georgia, including an update on Georgia Tech and former Oregon commit, quarterback Jerrard Randall.

- Big time running back Jonathan Williams picked up another offer yesterday, this one from Vanderbilt.

- Arkansas signed one prospect from Virginia in 2011 and hopes to grow the pipeline by adding another in 2012.

- Texas A&M and Arkansas are two of the programs after Texas athlete Corey Thompson.

Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:40 pm

Oregon quarterback commit looking elsewhere

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A key piece in Oregon's top 15 recruiting class in 2011 might not end up in Eugene after all. Hollywood (Fla.) quarterback Jerrard Randall appears to be reconsidering his commitment, according to Scout affiliate EDuck.com.

Randall did not sign a latter of intent with the school and was awaiting a test score to ensure that he would qualify for enrollment. Although it appears he received a qualifying test score, the delay has allowed him to reassess his options.

"I haven't talked to no Oregon coach," he told the website. "I'm opening up my recruiting."

The talented signal caller verbally committed to the Ducks several months ago but declined to say why he is opening up his recruitment. DuckTerritory.com reported Tuesday morning that Randall would still need to some work academically to enroll at Oregon but because of the reported test score, could qualify at other programs.

"I just qualified with the NCAA," he told Rivals. "I earned the necessary ACT score."

The 6-foot-3, 190 pound quarterback was suspended from a playoff game by his high school team for an undisclosed offense but there have been no indications that the Oregon staff soured on him as a result. Randall still threw for over 2,100 yards and 18 total touchdowns as a senior. Ranked as MaxPreps' 18th-best dual-threat quarterback, LSU, Georgia Tech, Miami and Ole Miss are possible landing spots for him.

"I've talked to LSU," Randall told Rivals. "I talked with Coach (Billy) Gonzales. He just told me that if Oregon doesn't take me or whatever, I have a spot at LSU."

Needless to say, it looks like the class of 2011 is still not complete and could have some late movement thanks to a talented signal caller.

Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:47 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 9:03 pm

Who could win the Heisman from the class of 2011?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Now that the deadline to declare for the NFL Draft has come and gone, it’s never too early to take a look at who might be in the frontrunners for the 2011 Heisman Trophy. With National Signing Day approaching however, who from the class of 2011 might one day end up hearing his name called in New York? Here’s five recruits who could end up hoisting the trophy sometime during their college careers (in alphabetical order):

Malcolm Brown

Cibolo (TX), 6-foot, 220 pound running back. Committed to Texas. 

Since Ricky Williams won the Heisman in 1998, Texas has had just two running backs finish in the top ten in the country in rushing (Jamaal Charles in 2007 and Cedric Benson in 2004). That’s two players in the top ten in 13 years. With the Texas offense looking more like North Texas’, expect a healthy dose of Brown as a freshman in order to take the load of whoever will be the quarterback in 2011. Brown hits the hole hard and is a North-South runner. He might have to adjust to the speed of the game and improve his vision after getting the ball but there’s no reason he couldn’t become the next Texas back to crack the national rushing list. He will also have the advantage of having a channel devoted to showing his highlights 24/7.

Jadeveon Clowney 

Rock Hill (SC), 6-foot-6, 250 pound defensive end. Considering Alabama, South Carolina and Clemson. 

Defensive players have had to climb Mount Everest just to be invited to New York for the Heisman but 2009’s push by Ndamukong Suh should have others reconsidering before writing off a defensive player. Clowney is the most advanced defensive end coming out of high school in some time, having the speed, size and explosiveness you look for. One NFL scout told my colleague Bruce Feldman he would draft Clowney in the first round in this year’s NFL Draft. A season where he could at least replicate Suh’s stats in 2009 (12 sacks, 23 tackles for a loss) isn’t out of the question and given the recognition he already has, one has to have Clowney on the list somewhere.

Jeff Driskel

Oviedo (FL), 6-foot-4, 225 pound quarterback. Committed to Florida. 

Being the quarterback at Florida generally positions a player to make a run at the Heisman no matter what you do the season before. With Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator and installing in a pro-style offense, Driskel has the chance to put up very good numbers when he eventually takes over under center. His legs are an asset but he has a very strong arm and quick release. The best quarterback in the class, Driskel has a chance to turn things around at Florida and then take a trip north to New York.

Jerrard Randall

Hollywood (FL), 6-foot-2, 190 pound quarterback. Committed to Oregon. 

Unless you’re a die-hard recruitnik or Oregon fan, you might be wondering who Randall is. A dual-thread QB from talent-rich South Florida, Randall is slated to take over for Darron Thomas eventually. Given the numbers Thomas and his predecessors have put up in Oregon’s prolific offense, it’s no surprise to find Randall on this list. Chris Houston, better known as the Heisman Pundit, has touted Randall as possible Heisman winner and if you watch some tape, it’s hard to disagree. A strong arm and the speed of a fast running back, Randall might be the player who can bring home the Heisman that former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon almost did.

De’Anthony Thomas 

Los Angeles (CA), 5-foot-9, 165 pound athlete. Committed to USC. 

Being the running back at USC usually sets you up pretty well to win the Heisman. After all, five Trojan running backs have won the award (well, four actually). In the backfield is where Thomas says he will play at USC but he might be better suited in the secondary. With scholarship limits hitting USC over the next few years, head coach Lane Kiffin might choose to play Thomas on both sides of the ball. Nicknamed ‘The Black Mamba,’ he could be a factor in all three-phases of the game in the mold of Heisman winner Charles Woodson.

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