The Vanderbilt Commodores always need to get maximum value out of their recruits. That is what they appear to have done this will with the commitment of 3-star tight end Julien Randolph to Clark Lea’s Class of 2023.
By Steve Wright
EDITOR’S NOTE: Julien Randolph is no longer committed to Vanderbilt.
Randolph is not ranked on the 247Sport Composite. He is, however, ranked by the 247Sports Staff. They have the Independence (Ashburn, VA) product ranked as the No. 15 player in Virginia and the No. 35 player in the class. Randolph stands at an impressive 6-foot-5 and he will put on added muscle in a college eight program to move him from his current weight of 210 pounds (small even for a hybrid TE/WR) to a size more typical of a college tight end.
Randolph is the type of player that Vanderbilt likes. He is a prospect on the rise but still below the radar of bigger hitting schools in the conference. He is also a player that is heavily into the academic side of the collegiate experience and he already had offers from academically powerful schools like Army and Penn.
Looking at the video below shows you the type of player that Randolph is. While Vandy will want Randolph to be more of a traditional tight end, there is still certainly room in the offense for him to split out wide. That is exactly how he scores his first touchdown on the film, using his long stride to get behind the defense and showing a nice burst of acceleration (hard for a taller player) to track down the ball on the full run.
Anyone listed at 6-foot-5 is going to be a red zone target – both in high school and college – and Randolph doesn’t disappoint. He makes a number of end zone catches in the video, using his size to high point the ball. More impressive, however, is the screen play he tackles for a big gain. The initial agility is good, but the power to run over a defender and then extend the play for a long gain is very impressive.