March 26, 2011

Randall is on board

National Signing Day may signal the end to most schools recruiting, but at LSU, it is a full time obsession for Head Coach Les Miles. Miles added another piece to his already impressive 2011 signing class as the Tigers landed a four-star athlete.

Chaminade Madonna (Fla.) quarterback Jerrard Randall's strange recruiting trip ended Sunday, he signed with LSU. Randall faxed in his LOI to the Tigers.

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

At one time Randall was committed and poised to sign with Oregon, but he did not initially qualify and after getting the necessary test score he needed, the Ducks said no thanks. LSU, Miami, Connecticut, Virginia Tech, Marshall and Georgia Tech all pursued Randall, but the Tigers won out.

"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."

LSU's coaching staff reached out to Randall and told him he had a home in Baton Rogue if he wanted it. Coach Miles and assistant coach Billy Gonzales recruited Randall to LSU.

"The whole coaching staff was just behind me the whole way after the Oregon thing happened," Randall said. "Coach Miles would talk to me everyday and just make sure everything was alright. Coach Gonzales is the one that recruited me, but Coach Miles showed me a lot of interest and made me feel wanted at LSU."

Randall is talented enough to play a variety of positions, but he says he has only one in mind.

I will be playing quarterback at LSU, that is the only position I know," Randall joked.

After all the drama surrounding his recruitment, Randall is happy to finally have a home in Louisiana waiting for him in a few months. He is very excited to be a part of the Tiger family and join the other 22 signees in the 2011 recruiting class. The decision to commit came without a visit to LSU. Randall said what he sees in Baton Rogue ultimately does not matter to him because he can deal with anything.

"Well I'm a ball player so it doesn't really matter what it looks like. I will adjust to the environment. I'm just happy to be apart of a great program and I will give it my all for my team family," he said. ""LSU made me feel at home. Even though I have never been there they just made me feel comfortable and made it seem like a home away from home. I'll take my official visit on April 1 to wrap this all up."

Randall will report on June 10 with the rest of the incoming freshmen class and he is very excited to meet some of them when he visits next week.

"I am going to finally meet a couple of other signees on my official visit which is cool," Randall said. "I really like Coach Miles and I am sure I will like the rest of the team just as much. This is a big relief for my family and me and I am glad to finally have a team to be a part of. I can't wait to get to LSU."

One of the added benefits of playing at LSU will be all the television exposure that will allow his family to see almost all of his games on television from the comfort of their Miami area homes.

"My mom was just talking to me today about how she is so excited she can see all my games on TV because of the SEC," he said. "I knew I wanted to go to LSU after talking to Coach Miles because I want to play against the best and have that intensity. That is what I live for. I would love to play right away and help where I can to win the national championship. I also want to make sure to keep my academics up. I think I can bring a lot right away like confidence, motivation and coming in and being a leader."

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