D-I coaches like to recruit players who have something you can't teach. There is an athlete out of Southern California for the class of 2009 who has a lot you can't that you can't coach, so much that both local Los Angeles schools are already showing interest and he was a standout at one of their camps.
The player in question is running back/wide receiver/cornerback Randall Carroll (6-0, 195, 4.4) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral.
When questioning Cathedral assistant coach C.J. Fulwilder his claim that Carroll ran a 4.2 something at the USC camp last June. Fulwilder was ready to back up his claim.
"Randall ran a 10.52 in the 100-meter as a sophomore and that was good for third in the state meet," Fulwilder said. "His 40 time is very verifiable.
"Randall ran in the 4.2's at USC's camp. He also recorded a 39-inch vertical.
"Ken Norton Jr. and I were standing at the starting line and the fact that I'm Randall's track coach, when he explodes out of the gate like that you know he's going to have a special time.
"I looked at Norton and told him that I think it is going to be a 4.2," Fulwilder said. "Norton said to me are you kidding.
"There were five clocks on as soon as he crossed the finish line," Fulwilder said. "They all looked at each other and had meeting going over what each of them had on their clocks.
"Norton said, jeez that may have been a 4.2," Fulwilder said. "Two of them timed Randall at 4.27 and 4.28. The rest of the clocks had him in the low 4.3's."
Speed isn't the only drawing card for Carroll. He's very versatile and athletic. He could end up playing a variety of positions for Cathedral this fall.
Carroll has the skill level to play running back, wide receiver and cornerback. There is every indication he will see action at all three as a junior.
That's not all. Carroll is also the team's long snapper on the punt team and after he hikes the ball, he races down the field and many times makes the tackle.
"USC isn't the only school looking at him already," Fulwilder said. "Eric Scott of UCLA is also aware of Randall.
Besides the two local schools, Arizona State and Virginia have also sent him letters.
While playing mostly running back as a sophomore, Carroll rushed for 743 yards and scored eight touchdowns while averaging 9.91 yards per carry.
In limited action on defense, Carroll had on pick.
Carroll is one to jot down for the class of 2009.