October 8, 2010

Big man on campus

While many football fans will have their attention focused on the Stanford vs. USC match up at The Farm this weekend, the die-hard basketball fans will be probably be more interested with a certain recruit that will be sitting in the stands with his family. This weekend, Chasson Randle, the #68 ranked player in the country, will travel to Palo Alto for his official visit to Stanford.

Randle is the ideal Stanford recruit because of his prowess both in the classroom and on the basketball court. The 4.0 student, and potential class valedictorian, welcomed the Stanford coaching staff to his home last month for an in-home visit that only reinforced his reasons for having the Cardinal as one of his top-three schools.

"I had my visit with Coach Davey and Coach Dawkins," explained Randle. "On the visit, we just sat down and had a nice dinner. They had a little presentation for me showing me where I would fit in with Stanford's style of play. It was really just a good visit. I got to know them better and learn a little bit more about their personal lives away from basketball. They also got to know more about me and my family."

When Chasson makes his way out to Palo Alto this weekend, he will be accompanied on the visit by his mother, father and little sister. While both Chasson and his father were able to experience Stanford during the summer, Randle is looking forward to having the rest of his family see why the Cardinal are one of his finalists.

"This is a family decision," emphasized the four-star guard. "I really hope they show my mom everything I saw, and more, when I was out there this summer. Personally, I just want to get the chance to spend time with the guys on the team. These are the players and the people that I would be around for my four years at Stanford, so that's the biggest thing with me. It's important to see how comfortable I get and get to know the people around me and get a feel for the atmosphere."

With academics being such a huge priority for Randle and his family, it's not surprising that Stanford has emerged as one of his finalists. It's the great combination of academics and athletics that has drawn Randle to the West Coast.

"First of all, I know that the academics are outstanding at Stanford," Randle said. "The thing that has really stuck out to me is the opportunity that Coach Dawkins and his staff has presented me. Also important is the relationship that we have built these past couple of summers. Those two things are very important and they have really stuck out in my mind in terms of making this decision."

Following his visit to Stanford, Randle expects to take an official visit to Illinois the weekend of October 15. After this visit, he will take the time to make his decision, with the hope of committing prior to the start of his senior season.

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