Kentucky Wildcats football target Kendall Randolph said Tuesday morning that he is no longer considering the Oklahoma Sooners after it appeared they may be the favorite for his services.
Randolph, a four-star cornerback in the class of 2014 had seemingly narrowed his list to Oklahoma and Kentucky in recent weeks. The Tallahassee, Fla., native was scheduled to visit both schools over the next couple of weeks and then make a decision.
Tuesday’s development seems to put UK in the driver’s seat to secure his commitment, and rather than wait to build the suspense, Randolph has pledge d his commitment the Cats, according to Chris Fisher of 247 Sports:
Mark Stoops’ days as defensive coordinator at Florida State paid big dividends Tuesday when Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln defensive back Kendall Randolph committed to Kentucky following an in-home visit with Stoops Tuesday.
Randolph cited his relationship with Stoops dating back to his days in Tallahassee.
“With Kentucky, Coach Stoops was like my best friend when he was at Florida State. With him going [to Kentucky], nothing has changed with us. He’s just at a different program,” Randolph said. “I’ve developed a good relationship with Coach [Derrick] Ansley and Coach [Bradley Dale Peveto]. That’s really what it comes down to.”
This is a huge pickup for the Cats as Notional Singing Day approaches and it should be enough to ensure UK has it’s first top-25 class in the history of the program.