March 6, 2009

2011 guard talks Iowa visit

Chasson Randle and the Rock Island Rocks are hoping to make a run in the Illinois State Tournament this month, but that hasn't stopped the talented combo guard in the Class of 2011 from making a couple more trips to Big Ten schools, including Iowa, in recent weeks. With a big game coming up on Friday evening, his focus is still clearly more on his high school team than it is on recruiting and picking a college.

"It is really too early to start breaking things down. I am focused on my high school season right now and we have a big game coming up on Friday night. College will be there for me and I am in no rush to make the decision," Randle said. "A lot of people try to make their decision early to make sure that they know where they are going. People have been telling me that you will know when you have found the right college and that it will stick out to me. Not saying that I haven't found that yet, but I am not sure so I am going to wait."

Recently the talented 6-foot-1 guard, who is averaging nearly 20 points a game in his sophomore season made a second visit to Iowa for their win over Michigan.

"It went well and I enjoyed it. Iowa won, so it is always good to see the team that you are there supporting win the game. My mom had a chance to see what it was like this time and we had good time," he said.

Iowa has been making a visible push in their recruitment of Randle with Coach LaVall Jordan and Coach Joel Cornette attending Rock Island games last month. Their sales pitch has made an impact on Randle and how he views the Hawkeyes.

"Iowa does stick out to me in some respects," Randle said. "I know that I am going to have to compete for playing time wherever I go, but if I were to go there, the timing would be just right because they have a lot of guys who would be leaving around that time."

Last weekend Randle and his father made their way to Purdue to check out the Boilermakers and enjoyed that trip as well.

"I enjoyed it. This time my dad got a chance to go with me, which was nice. They won their game too and enjoyed the visit and share that experience with my dad."

With offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin already in hand, Randle feels very comfortable with the relationships that he has built with those schools, plus others who are interested and could be close to offering.

"I feel like with all the schools that have offered me, I have built up good relationships with all the coaches. I think that is very important and right now all of them are about the same when it comes to relationships."

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