October 18, 2010

Randolph back from UA official

As Anthony Grant's 2011 recruiting class continues to take shape, two of Grant's top commitments for the class headed to Tuscaloosa this weekend for their official visits. Bob Jones star Levi Randolph and Russell County Rodney Cooper, both friends since childhood, visited Alabama together this weekend and while both were already sold on the Crimson Tide, Randolph said the visit made him feel even more optimistic about his future in Tuscaloosa.

"I got there on Friday night and went out to dinner with my family, the coaches and some of the players," said Randolph. "Then Saturday morning we toured the campus, got to meet the Dean of the engineering college, the athletic director Mal Moore and President Witt. Everybody that I met was really impressive. They are really committed at every level of the university to making the basketball program great."

"I went to the football game and even though they were coming off a loss, the team and the fans were fired up. I've never seen an atmosphere anywhere else like the crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium and I really believe those fans will start to show that same enthusiasm soon for the basketball program. Coach Grant is putting together a winning program and Alabama fans will have a program they can be proud of."

The 6-foot-6, 175-pound guard said he believes Alabama's transition toward success could begin as early as this season.

"I think it could really start this season. I got a chance to see the team practice some and the guys they have coming back combined with the new guys Coach Grant brought in this year are really a pretty impressive group. I think this season will be a big step towards something great for Alabama basketball."

The four-star prospect said that he's looking forward to being able to play in Grant's fast-paced style as well as working alongside a promising group of young players.

"What makes me most excited about playing for Coach Grant is his style of play. It's all about getting up and down the floor and having more effort and intensity than your opponent."

"There are a lot of reasons for me to be excited about Alabama. I'll be playing with one of my best friends Rodney Cooper as well as a few other really great players in our class and the new practice facility should be ready soon too and it's going to be pretty amazing. I think Alabama basketball has some great years in store here and I'm really happy that I'll get to be a part of it."

Randolph is rated the nation's No. 6 shooting guard prospect and the No. 29 overall prospect in the nation.

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