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Irish add OLB recruit Doug Randolph

Sep 7, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

Doug Randolph

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.

  1. canadianndfan - Sep 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Welcome to ND Doug! This class is looking like one of the strongest in years. Now let’s get a few of those CB’s out there!

  2. kiopta1 - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I would love to know what are the big reasons ND can get players for every position but CB.

    • dmac4real - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      We have 2 CB commits for this year, and we are lading for McKensie Alexander and LJ Moore…so there ya go.

    • dmac4real - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      We have 2 CB commits for this year, and we are leading for McKensie Alexander and LJ Moore…so there ya go.

      • dickasman - Sep 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        I think kiopta is talking about cb’s that are worth a dam. Like a bobby Taylor or somebody that can come in and play solid right away.

      • dickasman - Sep 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        Disregard my comment about worth a dam, I don’t mean to put down our own guys. None seems like a bad kid but we def. need couple studs in the secondary.

      • nudeman - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        Despite the positive spin I’m skeptical about Alexander
        He hasn’t visited and he says ND is leading? Smells like Darby

        And he’s from the deep south (think 95% of the guys we’ve tried to recruit from SEC country)

  3. irisheyesnate - Sep 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Wow! Nice catch. Tongue in cheek!
    Foot in —

    These are young guys who want to play for us.

  4. dudeacow - Sep 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Great get for the Irish, but I can’t say that I’m surprised. ND might become the next LinebackerU. Imagine, in a couple years we could have Smith and Randolph on the outside, Anzalone and possibly Savaiinaea (wow that’s hard to spell) on the inside.

    I’ve been really impressed how the staff has been able to fill positions of need, with last year the CBs (well, for a little bit anyway), and this year the OL and LBs. I’ve also been impressed with they are recruiting kids this year that are solidly committed to ND unlike Darby, Shepard, and Lynch.

    Interesting tidbit: ND has the most official visits scheduled out of any school with 11, and all of the players are either 4star or 5star. 9 are coming for the Michigan game, which we DEFINITELY have to win, 1 (Savaiinaea, who is a Stanford soft verbal, like Randolph was for a long time) is coming for the Stanford game, and 1 (Chris Hawkins, a USC CB verbal) I’m not sure when he is coming.

    Current list of Official Visits via 247sports:

    Michigan Game
    Jamel James, RB, ND Commit
    Isaac Rochell, DE, ND Commit
    Michael Deeb, ILB, ND Commit
    Corey Clement, RB, Pitt Commit
    Torii Hunter Jr, WR
    Juwaan Williams, WR
    Priest Willis, CB
    Cole Luke, CB
    L.J. Moore, CB

    Stanford Game
    Isaac Savaiinaea, ILB, Stanford Soft Verbal

    Chris Hawkins, CB, USC Commit

  5. kiopta1 - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Yeah what I mean is that it just seems very difficult for us to get and keep premier corners. That position just seems behind in most recruiting classes.

  6. gtizzo - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Wow Keith,

    Loading up at linebacker and on the offensive line. Things will get very interesting if the Irish hit 25 around the Wake Forest game in mid November. I seriously doubt the Irish are going to over sign.

  7. seadomer - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Please forgive any percieved ignorance but shouldn’t all WR technically (abilities, skill, speed) be CB too especially ND uses WR to block too …. so get a train 2 WR that we can insert as CB to play on teams that THINK they can throw at us (watch lots of film and anticipate opponents’ routes) when we shut down the run and then our CBs start intercepting the hell out and make … Hmmm ok … I back to reality

  8. loadofwash - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    How does all this help the lady Irish get better than 500? Please tell me….

  9. loadofwash - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    When’s the last time ND had a skill player? A real one, not a fantasy?

    • irisheyesinsd - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:11 AM

      Dear Loadinyourass,
      Don’t sit down, you might hurt your head. How about Michael Floyd, 1st round draft pick last year?

      Please keep posting, we need a punching bag around here.

      Those that don’t have a loadinourass

      • nudeman - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        In case you missed it, load has been outed as a Penn State fan
        That program is done for the next 10 years so he has little else to do

    • ndbcs2013 - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM


      Crushing, crushing loss today for your Lions – honestly made me sad. You must be hurting bad today, especially with ND’s thrilling win! Try counseling maybe? It’s going to require a lot of work to deal with the heavy load that your favorite school is going to be dealing with for the next decade or more.

      What would your JoPa do though – would he waste his time throwing around lame, half-witted comments at other programs, like you are doing? The man had his faults for sure… but no, he would MAN-UP a whole lot better than you are under this pressure.

      So get your shit together pal – you are in for a long period of hurt in Unhappy Valley, and I’m sorry about that. But you’re just hitting your head against a hard wall here, because the Irish are 2-0!

  10. kiopta1 - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    Look, Load doesn’t have much going on in his life and trolling nd articles gives him a degree of purpose and self worth. The best thing we can do for him is to be quite and left it run it’s course.

  11. ndgoldandblue - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I just had a thought. A couple years ago, I saw this show on MTV where John Mayer dressed up in a dog suit (like a mascot outfit), and walked around the parking lot before one of his shows insulting himself to the fans that were there. He was taking jabs at himself just to see if he could get anyone who attended his concert to bite. No one echoed the insults. I wonder if loadofwash is really nude with just another handle, trying to see if we will ever betray our loyalty. Or maybe….Keith?

  12. Robert the Bob - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    loadofwash v. dicksasman – who would win the battle of half-wits?

    • dillonbigred - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Not a contest. Although I am sometimes (often?) offended by dick’s comments, load’s blurts are pathetic even for a half-wit, while dick sometimes brings wit and an edge.

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