Daqual Randall’s recruitment seemed over when he committed to Louisville in July.
But WKU coaches didn’t give up on trying to woo Randall, a Rivals.com three-star linebacker from Palmetto, Fla., to Bowling Green.
And soon after Head Coach Willie Taggart paid Randall’s Palmetto High School a visit on Monday, the former Cardinal commit had decided to become a Topper.
“I had committed to Louisville too early and I wasn’t sure,” Randall said. “I always had (WKU) in my back pocket and it had always ran through my head that that was the place I should go.”
Randall said one of the keys to his commitment was his familiarity with the Topper coaching staff.
He said his uncle, Lester Randall, has been close friends with Taggart, who is also a Palmetto native.
Randall also played his sophomore year at Palmetto under former PHS Head Coach and current WKU defensive ends coach Raymond Woodie.
“I don’t want to go off somewhere not knowing anyone,” he said. “It’s more comfortable for me that I know who (Woodie) is, I know what he’s about as a coach and I know what Taggart’s about as a coach.”
Randall is rated as the No. 29 inside linebacker prospect in the Class of 2012, according to Rivals.
He joins Manatee High School (Bradenton, Fla.), running back Leon Allen as Class of 2012 WKU commits from Manatee County, Fla., a county which has been a pipeline for the Toppers during Taggart’s tenure.
Randall described himself as a “tackle-to-tackle” linebacker that is best playing against the run.
He said “people doubt” his coverage skills, but that he’s been working on improving them with his uncle, former Green Bay Packers cornerback Tyrone Williams.
Randall said he plans to pursue nursing or another medical major while at WKU.
He said Louisville coaches wished him luck upon learning of his commitment to WKU.
Randall also said Topper fans don’t have to worry about him switching his commitment again.
“I used to get caught up in the hype about going to these big schools and all that stuff,” he said. “But it’s really not about what school you go to. A lot of times when you go to a big school you get lost in the program. I feel like at WKU I can get playing time and definitely get a quality education.”