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USA Today takes you inside the in-home visits with Julius Randle

USA Today hung out around Julius Randle — literally, outside his house in a black Kia — during his in-home visits earlier this month. Randle would recap each visit for the USA Today’s Jason Jordan since Jordan wasn’t allowed in the home at the same time as the coaches. Today, Jordan released his four-part piece on what it was like for Julius Randle to host the nation’s elite coaching staffs in his Texas home.

Kentucky followed NC State on Day 1, and Julius Randle and his mother, Carolyn Kyles, were impressed.

“Cal is just, well, Cal,” Kyles said of Coach Cal. “He’s just got swag. I mean he had a driver. There wasn’t any presentation – it was just Cal talking off the cuff and chilling out with us.”

Randle added, “Most coaches sell their school. Coach Cal carries himself like what he’s done sells itself.”

Of course, Cal didn’t leave without showing off pictures of him posing with Jay-Z. What other program can do that?

Read the article here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

20 Comments for USA Today takes you inside the in-home visits with Julius Randle



  1. woody's barber
    5:30 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Really hope we land him. He and the twins are key.



  2. cope
    5:32 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Wiggins, the twins, and Randle WILL win a championship!



  3. BoobTube
    5:43 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    What is that square thing on the table behind Kenny?



  4. Biglaw Dawgin'
    5:46 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Did anyone read the end of that article? Man, Baylor has some strange recruiting tactics. Excerpt:

    * Kyles [Julius’s mom] gets a text from Baylor that just repeats the word “Baylor” over and over. “What in the world,” Kyles says with a laugh. “They sure are persistent.” *

    I mean, the word “Baylor” over and over? I would text back “no” over and over. Add that with the letter they sent to the recruit with a picture of him on a thrown and a handwritten note saying he would be “king of Baylor” and you’ve got some creepy stuff.



  5. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    6:12 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    julius randle lives in 1996



  6. Johnny B
    6:19 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    So Baylor throws trash all over their front yard and maps telling them how far away Baylor is(which I’m guessing is one of the few reasons they’re still in the mix anyways) wonder if they come pick up all the crap the next day? Pretty strange recruiting strategy



  7. Cal Z
    6:28 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Ball so hard



  8. enes
    6:40 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Wonder if Cal told him Bill Clinton, who has no connection to the University of Kentucky or the basketball program and is a convicted lier and fellon and also an impeached ex-president, has a Kentucky championship ring. That would make Kentucky look good.



  9. Bradley
    6:56 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t think Cal was that short.



  10. Big Blue Coming at You
    7:14 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Cal’s smart. He just builds the relationship with the recruit and his family. He doesn’t have to sell anything. He’ll casually show a pic of Jay-Z with the players but not much else. Every other school has some salesman tactic like Baylor which was creepy and UNC where ol’ Roy had to bring rings that weren’t even his. Wonder if Coach K cried during his visit?



  11. UK Freshmen
    8:19 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Cal doesn’t sell the school, he sells himself.

    Great. Doesn’t that make us proud. Man-hore.



  12. Han
    8:24 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    11) Maybe when you’re a sophomore you’ll be able to spell whore.



  13. justwondering
    8:29 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    is this picture allowed? Why has the picture been stripped from the website itself? Just wondering…



  14. Pennsylvania Wildcat
    8:29 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    ’13 gonna be monstrous!



  15. Duke Sucks
    9:16 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Realy would love to see this kid at UK. Seems to be a good kid and he is a beast. No dought he will be great no matter where he goes.



  16. CoCat87
    9:18 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    #3 made me laugh out loud



  17. Slim
    9:28 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Cal looks like he is about to have a heart attach. He looks enormous in that suit. I am starting to worry about his health.



  18. D Flener
    9:55 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    I think the the BIG BLUE BLING on Coach Cal’s hand is THE point of this PITCHure! POINT!!!!!!!



  19. Ha ha
    2:16 am September 27, 2012 Permalink

    12, lol! Zing!!!



  20. Will S
    9:13 am September 27, 2012 Permalink

    5) Exactly what I was thinking lol.