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Kendall Randolph committed to UK

Three-star defensive back Kendall Randolph has committed to the University of Kentucky after chatting with Mark Stoops during his in-home visit today. Randolph, the 32nd-ranked cornerback in the 247 Composite rankings, will take his official visit to Kentucky this coming weekend. He told 247 Sports his long relationship with Stoops, dating back to the Florida State days, was a major factor in the picking the Wildcats.

Louisville was in good standing with Randolph until Charlie Strong bolted for Texas, so we’ll tally this one up as another win for the good guys.

Randolph also had offers from just about everyone, including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina and Tennessee.


Article written by Drew Franklin

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33 Comments for Kendall Randolph committed to UK

  1. MadTex
    5:00 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Yahtzee!! Way to go Stoops, now if we can get some other good football players too the Cats will be in great shape for next year!!

  2. bobby petrino
    5:03 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink


  3. Nice!
    5:04 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Hopefully when all these guys get to b seniors well b able to compete with the big boys.

  4. Way to Go!
    5:06 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Considering OK I think as well…One up on brother…Way to go Big Blue …Yahtzee!

  5. Brandon
    5:06 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Huge commitment!!! Welcome aboard!!!

  6. Biglaw Dawgin'
    5:07 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    When you consider he’s a Tallahassee boy with an offer from FSU, that’s a huge statement.

    • DH
      5:11 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

      I thought so, too. I assume it has a lot to do with him having the opportunity for a lot of playing time as a freshman in the SEC. Sounds like a solid pick-up. Hopefully he won’t decommit. There’s a lot of that in CFB

  7. Bubba
    5:10 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Wow… Talk about building a secondary…

    Nate Willis, Jaleel Hytchye, Mike Edwards, Darius West
    Jared Tucker, Marcus McWilson, Blake McClain

    All with offers from good Sec schools.

    • chardun
      5:22 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

      JD Harmon should be eligible next season also.

  8. jezz
    5:11 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink


    I do believe in offer sheet rather than stars when it comes to football players outside the top 20 or so.

  9. stuckinohio
    5:11 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    No negative comments yet, but I’m gonna get this in before people whine about him only being a three star kid. Look at his offer sheet. I saw Alabama, auburn, and Oklahoma, plus a few other big ones in there. Definitely good news in what has been another cold day in Ohio.

    • Bubba
      11:36 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

      He is 4 stars…

  10. uk.78
    5:12 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Hell ya Keep em coming

  11. brian
    5:13 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Great pickup, sounds like the kind of player we need! Welcome aboard.

  12. Linda Taylor
    5:15 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    He is a 4 star in the Rivals and ESPN rankings and is in the nationwide top 300 players according to ESPN.

  13. Ukfan
    5:15 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Good job Stoops and Co. Let’s keep ’em coming

  14. hoosier wild cat
    5:21 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    It is not about the stars. it is about who else wants them. He was wanted by the best. Give Stoops 4 years of getting players like this and we will BE BACK.

    • colonelcat
      6:18 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

      edit: we will BE THERE

  15. Lewibear0420
    5:26 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    This is great news. I’ve always heard that you can add a star to Florida recruits because of the overall talent in Florida. But, this kid is a quality recruit from everything I’ve read. Another big win for Stoops and this one in the home stretch. We had lost some stem dating back to the Army All-Star game. I hope this momentum helps us with others like: Josh Krok, Daniel Ross, Andrew Harrell and yes, even Matt Elam. I think Derrick Kelly is a long shot, but I think Stoops was supposed to do an in home visit with him today, as well.

    • Lewibear0420
      5:32 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

      Meant to say, we had lost some “Steam”

  16. Howard Miller
    5:27 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Welcome to the BBN. Good Decision. You will enjoy playing for Coach Stoops.

  17. Twodawginky
    5:55 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Nice to have you. welcome to the BBN.

  18. Twodawginky
    5:56 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    No STEAM lost just stoking the fire. Go CATS

    • Lewibear0420
      5:58 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

      Sounds good. It’s good to have a little momentum in whatever is going on. Thank you Mr. Randolph and Stoops Troops!

  19. Craig Warren
    5:57 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Louisville fans remember Bobby Petrino going 4-0 against Kentucky as the Cards coach. What they don’t remember is that Brooks was starting his rebuilding program, Kentucky was suffering from their NCAA sanctions and Louisville was at the top of their game. 2nd time around for Bobby, Stoops is in town with a top 20 recruiting class coming in, and Louisville doesn’t even rank in the top 40. We are their last game of the season, so we have all year to prepare and get prepared. They will have a much tougher conference schedule with the ACC versus the bunny schedule of the C-USA, Big East or AAC. Get ready Cards, here come the CATS!

    • Flip side
      7:05 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

      I am a UK fan, and I fully expect grief, but here goes. Rich Brooks “rebuilding” at UK started in 2006, which was Petrino’s last year at UofL. Kragthorpe was at UofL from 2007-09. In those years, Brooks went 8-5, 7-6, 7-6. Reality is that if Petrino stayed at UofL, Brooks would have likely been 7-6, 6-7, and 6-7. Brooks “rebuilding” was a 39-47 record, 16-39 in SEC. Finished 4th, 6th, 4th in the Sec East his last 3 years. Pretty good by UK standards, but hardly a “rebuild”.

      As far as UofL not having a top 40 recruiting class….well neither did WKU and Petrino fared pretty well with that team last year. Petrino may be the best coach I’ve ever seen in getting the most production out of his players. See Arkansas his last year vs. their next year.

      I fail to see how UK’s brutal march thru the SEC schedule, getting physically pounded, is going to help them vs. UofL. It does help that Petrino won’t have all summer to scheme for us though.

  20. Waddy Body
    6:53 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Way to go Coach Stoops and staff!!!! They are going to take this program to the top!!!

  21. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    7:33 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Welcome Kendall!

  22. BHoward
    8:56 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    “A Nation Awakes”—Kentucky football sign a saw in a few different locations last summer. Its still one of the funniest things I saw all year…..

  23. HB
    10:15 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    VERY nice pickup! Looking forward to seeing Randolph in blue!

  24. Rod Rhodes
    11:18 pm January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Glad to have you on board, Kendall!

  25. dshwildcats
    8:33 am January 22, 2014 Permalink

    flip side,

    Rich Brooks’ “rebuilding” process at Kentucky did not start in 2006, brother. It started in 2003, the year he took over as the Kentucky coach. It just took until the 2006 season before we really started to see the transformation on the field, which just happened to coincide with the time Petrino was bolting for the Falcons!

    Yes, Petrino is an offensive genius! There’s no denying that! But, Louisville had already built up a lot of momentum from John L. Smith’s tenure, so Petrino wasn’t taking over a program at rock bottom like Brooks was. He also had the advantage of playing in C-USA is first 2 seasons at Louisville, allowing him to pick up some very comfortable wins and build even more momentum. You think Rich Brooks wouldn’t have gladly traded Florida, UGA and Tennessee a couple of years for Army, Tulane and Memphis??

    I’m not saying Kentucky is suddenly going to start dominating Louisville in this series. But, several things are different this time around for Petrino. Kentucky has never brought in talent like it is bringing in now. We are getting kids that are saying “no” to a lot of good programs. Also, with the game now being played at the end of the season as opposed to the first, Petrino will not have all winter, spring and summer to work on a game plan especially for Kentucky. By the time Louisville faces Kentucky now, they will have to have gone through a tough conference schedule just like us.

    Let’s see how things play out now that the playing field is going to be more level between the two programs, brother!

  26. football school
    8:21 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Great job! Welcome to the BBN, Kendall! Also, the world wide leader has him as a 4 star. Go CATS