Class of 2009

Thaddeus Randle

PositionDL
Height6/1
Weight260
HometownGalena Park, TX
High schoolNorth Shore

Originally published Feb. 5, 2009 in the Omaha World-Herald

• Did you know? Randle went to the same high school as former Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid, who was demoted in favor of Zac Robinson and eventually became the center of an infamous Mike Gundy tirade. Plenty other highly sought-after athletes have spent their high school career at North Shore as well. At least five from this year’s squad will accept scholarship offers from Division I-A programs, including Barrett Matthews, a Parade All-American tight end headed to Texas.

• The gurus say: Randle is the nation’s 50th-best defensive tackle, according to Rivals.com, and the 56th-best at his position, according to Scout.com. ESPNU’s scouting report includes this: "Randle can play, but his lack of ideal measurables figure to scare off some would-be suitors."

• About Randle: Randle made his collegiate decision rather early in the process, giving Nebraska an oral commitment in the middle of May. He spent the fall terrorizing offensive lines and helping North Shore to a 9-1 season. His team lost to state runner-up Hightower in the second round of the 5A playoffs. Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Houston, Baylor and TCU all showed interest in Randle, who earned prestigious 5A first-team all-state honors as a senior.

• Our take:Defensive tackle is certainly an area of need for Nebraska, but Randle’s 255-pound frame is too light to make an immediate impact in the Big 12. Gaining weight isn’t expected to be a problem, though. Randle likely will take a redshirt, gain weight, and if he’s able to keep his quickness, could find a spot his second year. If adding weight becomes a problem, some believe he could make an impact at defensive end.

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