State Then LSU

Trevon Randle

Scout.com was in League City, Texas on Friday and we caught up with LSU commit Trevon Randle to get the latest on his pledge to the Tigers and more.

LEAGUE CITY, Texas - The majority of LSU's 2011 class is composed of prospects that reside in Louisiana but the staff has gone into other states to land five of their seventeen pledges. And of those five commitments none are bigger in more ways than one than League City (Texas) Clear Springs linebacker Trevon Randle.

Randle, a 6-foot-1, 205-pounder, is Scout.com's 4th rated outside linebacker in the country and 94th ranked prospect overall.

Randle picked up early offers from schools all across the country in his junior season including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Oregon, Baylor, Texas A&M, Arizona and UCLA amongst others.

The fact that Randle selected the Tigers so early in the process surprised some as the four-star prospect gave his pledge to head coach Les Miles when he made an unofficial visit to LSU on Feb. 20 for junior day.

Randle, however, wasn't surprised and admits that he had an idea that he could put an end to his recruitment if LSU came forth with an overture on his trip.

"I have a lot of family down there and their defense and team is a lot like my team right here," Randle said of the reasons he chose the Tigers. "LSU has a strong program and really does feel like home away from my real home."

Not only did LSU beat out several high-profile schools that historically recruit quite well in the Lone Star State but the staff was able to help fill a dire need as Louisiana only has one other linebacker that has earned a scholarship offer from the Tigers in Benton's T.K. Fleming.

LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley recruits the Houston area for the Tigers and he played a role in Randle's decision. But he also credits defensive coordinator John Chavis, who also doubles as linebackers coach.

"All of the coaches were down to earth and made a real good impression on me then coach Chavis really broke things down for me and told me how important I was for their future," explained Randle. "I could tell that he was really a good coach just by talking to him and you can see how good their defense is right now for more proof."

Randle said that he stays in frequent contact with Chavis and that the current plan is for him to start out at middle linebacker and to have a chance to play as a true freshman on kick coverage. He said he also talks to Haley once a week but there discussions go much deeper than the game itself.

"We talk about how I'm doing," Randle said. "I tell him how much I keep working and he knows how hard I work and play hard in my football games. He talks about how much they need me and we talk a lot about things outside of football like being smart in everything you do in life."

Playing hard may be an understatement for Randle, who has 103 tackles and three interceptions through nine games this season. He has a chance to top the tackles he posted last season of 152 and heading into the final week of the regular season he is sitting at 387 career stops.

Players as talented as Randle usually continue to hear from college coaches despite the fact that they are verbally committed to a school. However, Randle says his commitment to LSU is as solid as it can get.

"That's a solid commitment," he said. "I'm a Tiger. I feel like a Tiger and I'm ready to be a Tiger."

Looking ahead, Randle hopes to cap his high school career off by attaining his No. 1 goal. Actually, he has his eye set on two goals and he says both are as clear as they can possibly get.

"State then LSU," he said. "In that exact order."

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