Kell safety Brian Randolph chooses Tennessee over Georgia Tech

Kell star Brian Randolph will wear a different shade of orange while playing safety for Tennessee in 2011. (Photo provided by Brian Randolph)

Kell star Brian Randolph will wear a different shade of orange while playing safety for Tennessee in 2011. (Photo by Leigh Auerbach/Marietta Daily Journal))

Going all the way back to his junior season at Kell High School, most folks have had Brian Randolph penciled in as a Georgia Tech commitment.

Those folks were wrong.

The star safety — whose brother Justin Randolph attends Tech and played for the Yellow Jackets as a walk-on last season — committed to Tennessee this week.

“I went up there two weeks ago and I really liked coaching staff and the facilities and everything they’ve got going on there,” Randolph said Wednesday. “It seems like a place where they take good care of their players. I came back feeling like that’s where I wanted to go. So yesterday I just called from my coach’s office.”

Randolph becomes the Vols’ fifth commitment for the Class of 2011 and third from the state of Georgia. Woodstock linebacker Christian Harris (6-2, 230) and Athens-Clarke Central offensive lineman Alan Posey (6-6, 310) pledged Tennessee earlier this year.

Randolph said one of the toughest parts of the entire recruiting process was calling Georgia Tech coaches to tell them he had committed to Tennessee.

“It was kind of awkward, but not too bad,” he said. “They understood. They said they kind of had a feeling.”

Randolph (6-0, 180), who also plays running back at Kell — he rushed for 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns — said the Vols told him he could play either strong safety or free safety but that he would definitely be playing on defense. He had 125 tackles and three interceptiosn as a junior.

Randolph said the tipping point for him was getting to know the Vols’ coaching staff. In particular he took a liking to his position coach Terry Joseph and UT recruiting coordinator Lance Thompson. And he said he got to spend a long time with head coach Derek Dooley on his unofficial visit the weekend before last.

“They just seem like they really care about their players up there,” Randolph said.

Randolph had plenty of other choices. He had at least a dozen scholarship offers, including Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Oklahoma State and Stanford, among others.

More than anything Randolph

“It’s a relief,” he said. “Now I can focus on my last year in high school. I don’t have to worry about people trying to sway me all the time.”

69 comments Add your comment

northgadawg

June 16th, 2010
11:33 pm

North Avenue Mugger

June 16th, 2010
11:45 pm

But if you play for gt then your IQ automatically goes up 50 points.

Boo Hoo

Willie Humpitt

June 17th, 2010
12:02 am

Spinach burns when I get too much water in my 5 iron.

college foot

June 17th, 2010
12:02 am

Great choice Randolph, the GT BLOWFLYS is the last place you should have considered.

RockyTop

June 17th, 2010
12:03 am

Great news! Rivals shows offers from FL, GA, USC, and many others.
Came down to UT and GT. Happy he’s a Vol….a 4.0 gpa Vol.

Is Avery Walls going to join him? Looks pretty good per his pal
Rajion Neal :^)

Keep it going Coach Dooley!

Huh

June 17th, 2010
12:57 am

But if you play for an SEC school your 40 goes down by a second and a half.

Boo hoo.

Recruitnik

June 17th, 2010
2:40 am

Chip, Brian does not have an offer from UGA. You did a story on that remember. How did you forget that? When a recruit is told by a school sorry we can’t take you because we are full we hope the best for ya that isn’t an offer any longer. BTW congrats vols. You finally get a recruit that isn’t conference usa material. Brian is a solid prospect. Your other commits from that rb a few days ago to that lb are all not sec calibur players guys.

Whowhat?

June 17th, 2010
3:59 am

Not SEC calibur, but in the SEC. Dubious.

I would be delighted to see the Vols shake up the SEC with this young man.

#2 Bama Fan

June 17th, 2010
4:36 am

He is the vols best player to commit so far!! Dooley will do a good job at UT and he won be over on the
local radio station in Nashville making fun of the biggest homer of UT football in Middle TN. RTR

CoolDawgNight

June 17th, 2010
6:37 am

hellooooooow paging Coach Right:
lets keep the best players in state OK?????
I hope this is not another Eric Berry deal.
I am still trying to get over 45 to 17 or whatever it was.
What aboout Dream Team?
What happened with C. Peake?
wake up and lets go

Pi$$onaDAWG's gay lover

June 17th, 2010
6:46 am

We already have two Ga safties that are much higher ranked, so he went with places he would get playing time. Peake has always been a Clemson lean and we have three receivers that have already commit. CoolDawgNight get a clue and read something other than the AJC to get the real picture.

GATA34

June 17th, 2010
7:17 am

I don’t like it when uwe tee comes down here and takes away
good players in state. Not at all! Seems like it always comes back to
haunt us down the road.

And how many years is Derek Dooley going to tick me off now?
On the bright side looks like we are going to finally get an OL in here
this weekend.

Dawgman

June 17th, 2010
7:51 am

He’s not good enough to play for the Dawgs. Plane and simple. No wonder the nats and hillbillies wanted him. Dooley’s in for a world of hurt next year. Can’t wait for some pay back. Go you great big hairy Dawgs!!!

78 DAWG

June 17th, 2010
7:53 am

THE DAWGS DID NOT OFFER HIM. THE PROOF IS HE DIDN’T COMMIT TO THE DAWGS, PERIOD. He can join the others we didn’t want like du’rick,

Savannah Jacket

June 17th, 2010
8:03 am

Congratulations to Brian. We would have loved to have him join the Jackets but he made a good choice for athletics and academics. Good Luck.

Chip Towers

June 17th, 2010
8:06 am

Recruitnik: Brian Randolph did indeed have an offer from UGA. And I didn’t write that he didn’t. He was one of at least three safeties the Bulldogs offered. Two of those safeties — Griffin’s Corey Moore and Tucker’s Chris Sanders — committed to Georgia early and then the Dogs were full at the position. But that does not change the fact that Randolph has a formal, written offer from UGA in his possession. The story to which you refer was written by Michael Carvell and merely explains this. You can go back and read it HERE.

Mason Dixon

June 17th, 2010
8:17 am

Recruitnik: Brian Randolph did indeed have an offer from UGA. And I didn’t write that he didn’t. He was one of at least three safeties the Bulldogs offered. Two of those safeties — Griffin’s Corey Moore and Tucker’s Chris Sanders — committed to Georgia early and then the Dogs were full at the position. But that does not change the fact that Randolph has a formal, written offer from UGA in his possession. The story to which you refer was written by Michael Carvell and merely explains this. You can go back and read it HERE

Chip, the humpers bring up stuff about people having their offers pulled because just like DaRick Rogers, they stroke out when a quality player pick another team. 90% of the humpers will say he is too stupid or wasn’t really what they wanted. Inferiority complexes abound in Athens.

mwh6767

June 17th, 2010
8:24 am

Good luck to this kid. I think the fact that these kids are getting major college offers is lost on some people on here because the kid doesn’t pick their school. Would’ve loved to have him at tech but think we will be ok with the guys we brought in this yr. as well as the big kid that just committed. Would like to see tech sign another big wr and more dl help. Oh and Chip haven’t you realized by now that trying to reason with a UGA fan is pointless?!?!

mwh6767

June 17th, 2010
8:27 am

78dawg- This may be shocking to you little fella but no every player that UGA offers to doesn’t choose UGA. Such is the case with every school in the nation.

Mason Dixon

June 17th, 2010
8:31 am

mwh6767, good post. Most of these humping fans have no class. They run down 17 year old kids because they don’t chose to play for Helen Hunt in Athens.

Walker, Texas Ranger

June 17th, 2010
8:40 am

Recruitnik, Chip’s a little testy today.

GATA34

June 17th, 2010
8:43 am

Let’s not be childish. Hate Uwe tee but we had an offer out there
on Randolph. Wish him luck and hope like heck we get Watts cause
we need some OL!

joe

June 17th, 2010
8:50 am

20 comments so far and more than a few are from UG fans ripping this kid, saying he doesn’t have an offer, or that he’s not good enough for them…funny, but when a kid is offered by FL, USC, TN, Tech, etc, and you say there is something wrong with him for not selecting the flea carriers, just goes to show your lack of class…and knowledge.

booker T

June 17th, 2010
8:56 am

Hahahaha, tennershe as of now, still doesn’t have a commit from an instate guy. It must be the brand of ball they play, sissy ball! Hahahaha!

The General Feeling

June 17th, 2010
8:58 am

Thanks Chip. And this kid has a 4.0 GPA as well. I’m sure every SEC/ACC football program wanted him regardless of what a scolded and scorned mutt fan thinks.

collegeballfan

June 17th, 2010
9:01 am

As some of us predicted when Dooly was hired by Tennessee he is going to make an impact in Georgia. UT has always recruited well in Georgia.
A lot of UT All Conference types were from Georgia.

Les W. Moore

June 17th, 2010
9:03 am

Recruitnik, I’m sure a few of your leg humping buddies still believe you.

That Guy

June 17th, 2010
9:09 am

Mason Dixon,

You make good points, but I have to correct you about one thing. Inferiority complexes are rampant in the Entire State of Georgia. The point of saturation is just centered around Athens.

Adonisdaking

June 17th, 2010
9:28 am

Yet Another Quality Recruit Leaving The State But UGA Offered 3 Safeties and He Was The Last To Commit…SS Corey Moore of Griffin and FS Chris Sanders of Tucker…Georgia Cant Get Them All But TECH! I Thought He Would Attend Tech Especially Since Morgan Burnett Is Gone…As Long As The Dawgs Sign The TOP ELITE PROSPECTS OF GEORGIA THEN I AM SATISFIED…LIKE I SAID WE HAVE BEEFED UP OUR OUT OF STATE TALENT AS WELL…

19th Hole Dawg

June 17th, 2010
9:28 am

It ain’t easy recruiting when you’re GaTech. At least it’s a little better on the defensive side of the ball.

BuddyColtrane

June 17th, 2010
9:32 am

A couple of fans badmouthing a kid doesn’t make represent an entire fan base, people. If you believe that, then you have just as many issues as the folks that you are talking about. The fact is the kid had an offer from UGA. They pulled the offer when the other two safeties committed. They were upfront about it, and the kid understood the situation. Now he is going to UT. Wish the young man congratulations and quit acting like babies. ALL OF YOU!!

Papa Bear

June 17th, 2010
9:33 am

Randolph DID NOT have an offer from the new staff. He would NOT have been allowed to commit to UGA; therefore he does not have an offer. He had a written offer from the previous staff and I think we can all agree that things are a bit different in Athens now.

suwaneedawg

June 17th, 2010
9:41 am

A 4.0 student going to UT? That is like Warren Buffet living in a trailor park in Knoxville.

Blue

June 17th, 2010
9:46 am

Dawgman

June 17th, 2010
7:51 am
He’s not good enough to play for the Dawgs. Plane and simple. No wonder the nats and hillbillies wanted him.
Really?? Richt initially offered him after a summer camp after Randolph’s SOPHOMORE season…but he’s not good enough to play for the Dawgs? He’s good enough for Florida, who OWNS you, and he’s not good enough for the might Dawgs? And how did the Dawgs do against the hillbillies last year? Can’t remember. And I’m sure, with a 4.1gpa, HE at least can tell the difference between “plane” and “plain”. Yeah…definitely not good enough for the Dawgs. YOUR post just shows what an inbred redneck you are.

T3

June 17th, 2010
9:49 am

Sounds like the kid has a good head on his shoulders.

But let me ask this:

If this kid has a 4.0 GPA, then what is/was the
GPA for the class Valedictorian 8.6 ??

BigTimeTECHFan

June 17th, 2010
9:51 am

Concrats Brian, Tenn good choice not that Kiffen is gone, If anything changes come to Tech.

UGA has 3 safety’s on board already:
Nick Marshall
Corey Moore
Chris Sanders

GT has:
Darren Waller

How does he campare to these guys?

Blue

June 17th, 2010
9:52 am

78 DAWG

June 17th, 2010
7:53 am
THE DAWGS DID NOT OFFER HIM. THE PROOF IS HE DIDN’T COMMIT TO THE DAWGS, PERIOD. He can join the others we didn’t want like du’rick,

Dude…you are freaking delusional or just plain retarded (oh wait…per your inbred cousin posting earlier, that would be “plane” retarded). Yeah…no top recruit would ever turn down UGA, because it is clearly the only good football program in the country. Hey…I forget…what is your record against FL for the last 16 years or so? How about against AL the last 2 years?

Papa Bear

June 17th, 2010
9:56 am

UGA’s record vs. Bama last 2 years 0-1, UGA’s record vs. Bama the last 3 years 1-1. What’s your point?

Doesnt take anything away from the fact that BR wouldnt have been allowed to commit to UGA.

Spike

June 17th, 2010
9:58 am

Clemson runs the state of alabama. Why can’t we hear the sec chant?

Geori

June 17th, 2010
10:00 am

Tech recruiting sucks this year. This class will the the worst in the past five years.

DaltonDAWG706

June 17th, 2010
10:05 am

I really wish that Tennessee would quit coming into Georgia and stealing our safeties. They have stole eric berry and darren myles jr. and now brian randolph.

CorchMarkRick

June 17th, 2010
10:06 am

Darsh gone it, I didn’t even know the kid lived in Georgia!

Papa Bear

June 17th, 2010
10:12 am

They stole a kid who’s father was team captain? They stole two kids who didnt have offers?

That’s quite interesting

Paul in RDU

June 17th, 2010
10:28 am

Papa Bear

June 17th, 2010
9:33 am
Randolph DID NOT have an offer from the new staff. He would NOT have been allowed to commit to UGA; therefore he does not have an offer. He had a written offer from the previous staff and I think we can all agree that things are a bit different in Athens now

Papa Bear – What new staff? Isn’t Mark Richt still the head coach? Are you trying to tell everyone that Mark Richt is not responsible for recruiting at UGA or for the behavior of his assistant coaches?

Ron Mexico

June 17th, 2010
11:11 am

I love the “humpers” name, guess we should start calling the tech fans “virgins” then too! LOL

Chuck Dowdle

June 17th, 2010
11:41 am

Sorry DAWG fans I blew it once again with this kid. Oh well, back to folding my socks & organizing my handkerchiefs.

DirtyDog

June 17th, 2010
11:52 am

Welcome to Volnation Mr. Randolph!!! Whether you would have picked Tech or UT you’re still guaranteed to beat the DAWGS at least 3 of the 4 years you are in school here. Oh that’s right, UGA has Grantham, Billy Ray Cyrus & Lauren Conrad as the new Defensive coaches now, so these statements are now all of a sudden inaccurate.
I’m glad the Da’Rick comments persist with every article 5 months later, very classy!!!

Fayettenam Junkyard

June 17th, 2010
12:32 pm

UGA already has two safeties semicolon therefore he became a Volunteer. He’ll grow up to be quite the Haynesworth

Meltdown Mike n StoneMTN

June 17th, 2010
12:45 pm

I wish UT had some players who were “not worthy” when we got
pounded in Knoxville last October. Fact is – - – UT is still
going to steal some bigtime talent from GA/UGA/Tech.

And I am not happy ’bout this!!!!!!!!

We need to get moving – - – - what about the DREAM TEAM????????

Meltdown Mike n StoneMTN

June 17th, 2010
12:47 pm

and I have also had it with DEE’RICK talk! Stop it – - – STOP!