Sep 7, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT
Notre Dame appears to be building a pipeline into Woodberry Forest. With freshman CJ Prosise already on the roster and linebacker commit Greer Martini an early building block for the class of ’14, the Irish coaching staff accepted the commitment of linebacker Doug Randolph today, who announced his plan to sign with Notre Dame next February.
Randolph had narrowed down his finalists to Stanford, Virginia and Notre Dame, but once he stepped away from a near yearlong commitment to the Cardinal it was pretty obvious that the projected ‘Dog’ linebacker was headed to South Bend. Depending on the reports, Randolph is anywhere from 215 to 237 pounds, with enough size and speed to play at the drop linebacker position.
With linebacker one of the key positions in the ’13 recruiting class, Randolph joins Jaylon Smith and Danny Mattingly on the outside while Alex Anzalone and Michael Deeb project to play on the interior.
Randolph is a consensus top 250 player in the country, with Rivals ranking him just outside the top 100. It appeared the Irish were all but out of it for Randolph until he reached out to Irish assistant coach Scott Booker.
“After weeks of thinking, I have been in contact just recently,” Randolph told Irish Illustrated of his call to Booker. “I initiated it. He was very excited and even more excited when I told him about how I felt about Notre Dame.”
The Irish recruiting class now stands at 20, with a handful of slots open. With the uncertain future of Jordan Prestwood, and medical hardship cases with Brad Caricco and Cam Roberson, the class might be able to swell all the way to the limit of 25.