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Major interest in Randolph

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sophomore defensive back Kendall Randolph of Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln has already racked up double-digit offers.
"I have a couple," Randolph said. "I have an offer from Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, South Carolina, North Carolina, Auburn, Arkansas, and a couple of others."
All of the early interest has the 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back motivated to keep improving on the field.
"The biggest thing for me is just not to get complacent," Randolph said. "I plan to continue to work. Continue to grind in the weight room and on the field. I just want to continue to get better. I don't look at offers as saying I've made it, now I have to work even harder because I am fighting for a spot at the next level. It just tells me I need to continue to working hard."
The Sunshine State defender has been in contact with a trio of schools.
"I have been in contact a lot with Auburn and Florida State," Randolph said. "I have talked to those two right there a lot. I just started getting into contact with Florida."
Randolph regularly contacted Auburn during the spring evaluation period.
"I am dealing with Coach (Curtis) Luper at Auburn," Randolph said. "All throughout the spring when I talked to him like every other day he would check up on me and see how I was doing in practice. He also checked on how school was going and how my family was doing. That just shows me that he isn't just worried about the athletic talent I can bring to the school."
With regards to the hometown Seminoles, Randolph is dealing with defensive coordinator Mark Stoops. Stoops watched Randolph closely during Florida State's 7-on-7 tournament on Saturday.
"Coach Stoops tells me he just loves the way I play and the competitive attitude that I have," Randolph said. "I have a real good relationship with him. I feel real comfortable around him. If I do choose Florida State, I know it would be a good place for me."
Prior to visiting Florida State, Randolph spent Friday at the University of Florida camping.
"It was a pretty good trip," Randolph said. "I enjoyed the whole experience of being out there with Coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson) and just getting a feel of how it would be if I were to go to Florida. I was pretty confident about how I did. I think I did pretty good. Hopefully the next time I go up there it will be the same feeling."
The Gators have not offered Randolph. He believe an offer may be coming soon though.
"(Coach Robinson) said that his interest in me definitely grew when the day was over," Randolph said. "He said he really loves the way that I play and that I have good ball skills and a competitive attitude. He felt that I could be able to play at the University of Florida. That really meant a lot to me. Hopefully I will get the offer from soon."
Randolph is practicing patience with regards to making a decision.
"It is still pretty early so I am just kind of taking my time," Randolph said.
"No leader at this point," Randolph added. "Everybody is the same right now."
As for additional summer visit plans, Randolph will return to Florida in July for Friday Night Lights.
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