AJC Super 11 candidate: Kell FS Brian Randolph

Since 1985, the AJC’s Super 11 team has transformed into one of the nation’s most elite lists, consisting of the best 11 high school football players from the talent-loaded state of Georgia. Over the next few weeks, we’ll go over the top candidates for this year’s AJC Super 11, which will be released on Aug. 15)

The AJC Super 11 candidate: Kell FS-RB Brian Randolph

The skinny: The 6-foot, 180-pound Randolph is the state’s No. 1 safety, when healthy. Last year as a junior, despite playing with a damaged shoulder, ┬áRandolph still put up big numbers both ways for the Class AAAAA school. At safety, he had 136 tackles, 5 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 caused fumble. On offense, Randolph carried 164 times for 1,303 yards and 10 TDs, while catching 23 passes for 160 yards and 2 TDs.

Colleges: Made the surprising decision last month to commit to Tennessee over Georgia Tech, among others, including Florida and Stanford, saying “they [the Volunteers] just seem like they really care about their players up there.” Randolph said calling Tech’s coaches to inform them of his decision was one of the toughest parts of the recruiting process. His older brother, Justin Randolph, was a walk-on at Tech last year. Once upon a time, he was UGA’s No. 1 target at safety before the Bulldogs filled up a the position after the commitments of Tucker’s Chris Sanders and Griffin’s Corey Moore.

They said it: “I thought Brian was the best sophomore safety in the state [in 2008]. Then his shoulder got messed up with a torn labrum and he played hurt his entire junior year. He couldn’t hit as he did as a sophomore because that shoulder joint kept sliding in and out.” — Kell coach Derek Cook.

The lowdown: Randolph is Mr. Dependable, not letting a painful shoulder injury prevent him from playing nearly every down last year. He wasn’t able to deliver as many “big hits” with the injury but still was sure tackler and leader of the defense. Randolph is extremely physical, and not afraid to sacrifice his body to make a game-changing hit. He plays the run as well as any high school safety, charging hard into the seam to fill the hole. He gambles a lot with his gut instincts but is usually right. Will have to play more disciplined in college. Also known for tackling high in order to make a big hit or strip the ball. Strong enough to get away with it in high school.

If it was completely my vote: I like Randolph a lot. He was one of the best sophomores I’ve ever seen, and backed it up with a solid junior year despite the injury. I expect nothing short of greatness out of Randolph as a senior.

Note: The AJC’s Super 11 team consists of the state’s top 11 senior football players, and not college prospects. It is selected by AJC staff members in a partnership with our friends from GHSFD, based on observing the player either in person or on film. A very important part of the process is getting recommendations and feedback from high school coaches from around the state, along with running the names by a few college coaches. It’s an imperfect process, but we do our best. The AJC’s 2010 Super 11 team will be released next month.

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15 comments Add your comment

Appalachian Dawg

July 17th, 2010
7:42 pm

Well too bad he’s goin to the vols best of luck young man.
And I’m sorry I just cant help myself FIRST!

North Ave. Taliban

July 17th, 2010
7:51 pm

PJ whiffs again


July 17th, 2010
9:17 pm

Impressive video , good luck.

bitter hersall talker

July 18th, 2010
3:28 am

great ball playa, looks like tennersa fan sistar he/she will have a new boy friend to help develop, ps i would say tech let one get away this kid has a great fill for the game and noise how to find the ball, hell georgia should have recruited him how in the world does this kind of talent not stay in state???
i guess not enough red panties to go around!!!! 14th ave too many thugs, hahahah, ps bamma sux


July 18th, 2010
9:19 am

Didn’t Al show him his Super Bowl ring?


July 18th, 2010
9:41 am

Sorry, got news for you. Corey Moore is the best safety in Georgia. You better go study your film a little more.


July 18th, 2010
10:34 am

I just cant help myself…7TH!!!!!YES!!!YES!!

L Thomas 1

July 18th, 2010
12:01 pm

WOW this kid is a player.

Looks like the Tennessee Vols are getting another good one.


July 18th, 2010
12:47 pm

The no.15 player in the country, Kentavious Caldwell, has committed to Mark Fox and UGA!


July 18th, 2010
1:14 pm

Saw him play up close last year. There is no way he is only 180.

Delbert D.

July 18th, 2010
3:59 pm

I hope Derek Dooley is given the time to pull these young guys together into a competitive team.

L Thomas 1

July 18th, 2010
7:05 pm

what’s crazy is:
Tennessee is getting perhaps the best S in Georgia
Georgia decided to take one of the worst OL in Tennessee

destin dawg

July 20th, 2010
6:14 am

Tech would be a MUCH better choice than Tenn for this young man ??? Go Dawgs !!!! !!!


July 20th, 2010
9:45 am

Some say Randolph had an off year his junior year because of the injury…look at the numbers(huge). Completely healed now..look out. weight is now at 193.
UGA did come back some time after filling safety position but Randolph had moved on. Good football knowledge and fearless. Big Time Player


July 26th, 2010
10:06 pm

Brian’s a beast of a player. Been watching him play since middle school, and couldn’t believe that he ended up being better at safety than he was at RB. I saw every game last year and had no idea he was injured until I read this, that’s how well he was playing. Tennessee really got steal. Not just a good football player, he’s a pretty smart guy. Hope he can stay out of the trouble that has been plaguing Tennessee