Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly continued his travels down the East Coast with a stop at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va., on Thursday to meet with 2013 Irish linebacker commit Doug Randolph and his high school coach, Clint Alexander.
Alexander and Kelly are making these winter meetings a habit. The two met a year ago before C.J. Prosise signed with the Irish as a safety and figure to meet again next year in advance of 2014 linebacker commit Greer Martini’s signing day event.
“I think they’ve gotten to know each other pretty well through recruiting me, C.J. and Greer,” Randolph said of Alexander and Kelly.
Last year, Alexander spoke of how Woodberry Forest was almost like a mini-Notre Dame in some ways.
“There are a lot of similarities,” Randolph said. “He didn’t touch on that again because I think we already understood them all.”
Kelly was joined by Irish assistant Scott Booker.
“They went to Coach Alexander’s house, we met them there,” Randolph said. “It was cool. It was just a new experience and it was a lot of fun.”
Both of Randolph’s parents joined him and were again impressed by the Notre Dame head coach.
“They always liked him and they definitely felt good after this,” Randolph said of his parents.
The conversation spanned a number of issues.
“We talked about a lot of things,” Randolph said. “We talked for quite some time. We talked about everything from football to off the field stuff.”
Kelly and Booker made it clear they’re planning to hold Randolph to a high standard.
“They have some expectations set for me that I definitely think are obtainable,” Randolph said. “I just have to get a little bit bigger and understand the playbook once I get there.”
Randolph was proud to have Kelly visit his school.
“It was crazy having him come by and come to the school and talk to me,” he said. “It meant a lot.”
Randolph won’t be signing at Woodberry Forest next month, but will instead be signing from Austin, Texas, where he’ll be competing in the fourth annual International Bowl. Fellow Irish commit Devin Butler will also be playing for Team USA in Texas.
“I’m going to be at the USA Bowl with Devin, so we’ll sign together down there,” said Randolph.
“I’m pretty excited. I’m excited about getting to play football again.”