Notre Dame added another linebacker to its stable with Doug Randolph’s letter-of-intent coming into the Gug. Let’s see what the Irish have in the one-time Stanford commit and the high school teammate of CJ Prosise.
Woodberry Forest, Virginia
Measureables: 6-foot-3, 229-pounds
Accolades: U.S. Army All-American, four-star Rivals, ESPN, 247.
Impressive offers: Boston College, Stanford, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia
Projected position: Outside linebacker (or Will linebacker)
Quick take: Randolph might not be completely in-profile for the outside linebackers Notre Dame has inked in the past few recruiting cycles, but he’s athletic enough to make up for any size deficiencies that come along with being 6-3, 230-pounds. (We are a long way away from the days of Travis Thomas at OLB.)
A one-time Stanford commitment, Randolph could end up sliding inside to middle linebacker, where his natural athleticism will be an asset. Randolph stars in basketball at Woodberry Forest and also starts on the lacrosse team. He’ll need to make strides in the weight room, but that comes with the territory.
What it means to the Irish roster: Randolph’s commitment became significantly more important when Alex Anzalone decided to enroll at Florida instead of Notre Dame, as he had previously announced. With the Irish restocking the linebacker position in this class, Randolph has the type of versatility that helps cover up a roster deficiency, even if he doesn’t have the upside of some other high profile recruits.
Obligatory YouTube highlight tape: Here’s a look at Randolph’s junior season at Woodberry Forest.
With rain falling and the forecast expecting much more, Notre Dame and Clemson are kicking off in primetime anyway.
College GameDay was on campus this morning, showcasing the soggy conditions and the mud-covered campus. And while some wondered whether or not the kickoff would move up to earlier in the day to take advantage of a slight lull in the conditions, kickoff is remaining at 8:22 p.m.
“We’ve been in constant communication with state and local law enforcement and have monitored weather throughout the week and today,” director of athletics Dan Radakovich said in a statement Friday night. “I’ve spoken with campus leaders, State Highway Patrol, and Governor Nikki Haley, and feel confident we can play the game as scheduled. We ask our fans to be conscientious arriving and departing from our campus as we will have some limitations due to this ongoing weather event.”
Ball security will be key this evening, and during an interview with Tom Rinaldi this morning Kelly mentioned the punting and kick game as concerns in these conditions. The Irish came to Clemson prepared for miserable conditions and if the forecast holds, they’ll get just that.
Notre Dame’s tight end recruiting keeps rolling. The Irish received a commitment from Illinois tight end Cole Kmet, who adds a third piece to Notre Dame’s 2017 recruiting class.
Kmet is a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, joining fellow blue-chipper 2017 tight end Brock Wright in next year’s recruiting class (they won’t sign until February 2017). He had early offers from plenty of the top programs around the country, but picked Notre Dame over finalist Ohio State, a nice recruiting victory for Scott Booker and Brian Kelly.
Kmet talked about the decision with Irish 247 who broke the news:
“I think it was just a gut feeling knowing it was Notre Dame,” Kmet to Irish 247. “I didn’t want to pass on playing for that program and attending that university. It’s always been the school I wanted an offer from and Ohio State made it really close, but I just couldn’t pass on Notre Dame.”