Canyon del Oro senior defensive end/linebacker Chase Randall verbally committed today to the school that presented him his first scholarship offer almost six weeks ago — the University of Sioux Falls.
Sioux Falls, an NCAA Division II program, offered Randall (6-foot-1 and 240 pounds) a scholarship on July 24 and has remained in communication with the Dorado standout defender since.
CDO coach Dustin Peace said in mid-July when running back Stevie Rocker committed to Arizona that Randall has Division I ability. Rocker and former Salpointe offensive tackle Jonah Miller (Oregon) are the other two local Class of 2021 prospects who have made a commitment.
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“I told a couple of the coaches that have contacted me that if they get Chase to commit, they are getting a heck of a bargain,” Peace said. “Chase is one of the best defensive linemen I’ve ever coached as far as his motor and his physicality.
“This year, he was just going to surprise people. It’s kind of funny when we had Blake (Martinez), I always called him my ‘Go Get ‘Em Guy.’ If we needed to be physical on a player — not targeting or anything illegal — I would say, ‘Hey Blake, run that dude over.’ It was a matter of this is what’s going to happen and Blake had to get it done. That’s exactly what Chase is — he’s a ‘Go Get ‘Em Guy.’ He’s just a physical, physical kid.”
In the AllSportsTucson.com Student-Athlete Spotlight series, Randall commented that he has worked hard to be an “absolute force come Friday night.”
“I’ve never taken my foot off the gas, and I’ve been working and practicing non-stop,” he mentioned.
He was an AllSportsTucson.com 4A Southern Arizona Second Team selection last season after transferring from Ironwood Ridge. He tallied 30 tackles in six games after he gained eligibility following the transfer. He had 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries.
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