June 5, 2010

Randolph emerges as next big thing at Midway

Over the last few years, 2010 Army All-American Ahmad Dixon attracted the attention of college coaches everywhere, while patrolling the Midway High School defensive backfield. However, he was not the only prospect that college coaches began to notice.

As a freshman, Shakiel Randolph made his varsity debut as a 6-3, 160-pound safety and he was already long, rangy and noted for his abilities as a quarter-miler. Then in 2010, he followed up his freshman effort by earning 16-4A Defensive Sophomore of the Year honors at safety.

However, things can change quickly for a growing young man and after sprouting to 6-5, 190 pounds, Randolph, the son of former Baylor defensive lineman Denny Randolph, is eying a move to outside linebacker.

"It's going to be something new, but I know I can play it," Randolph said. "I'm still in the transition process right now but it's something I know I can do."

Randolph worked at both safety and linebacker in the spring, and he benched 300 pounds while maintaining he speed and athleticism.

"He still moves pretty good," Mr. Randolph said of his son. "He ran the 110m and 300m hurdles."

He is growing more and more comfortable at his new linebacker spot; however, he does still prefer to his spot in the secondary.

"Personally I prefer safety, but where ever a team needs me, I'll go," he said.

During the spring the Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, along with several other college coaches, made their way to check out the 2012 Panther standout, and this summer the Randolph family plans to hit a few camps.

"At the moment we haven't discussed it," Shakiel's father Denny Randolph said. "We would definitely consider some in the area."

Randolph is not worried with recruiting at this point but is looking forward to getting off to a good start under new Midway head coach Terry Gambill

"We have a new energy with a new offensive scheme, and I'm ready to show how much this hardwork can pay off for us," Randolph said.

The all-district performer could play a versatile role in whatever plans Gambill has for the Panthers in 2010, with the possibility of also lining up at receiver in addition to his role on the defensive side of the ball.

Randolph is currently ranked No. 34 in the 2012 Lone Star Recruiting Top 100.

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