On Wednesday, 4-star linebacker Randolph Kpai signed his letter of intent to become a Husker. He is my No. 2 player for an Early Signing Day edition of Greg’s Guys.
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Kpai committed to the Huskers on Feb. 2, 2020. The defender attends Washington High School in South Dakota. That’s the same high school that sent the Huskers Nate Gerry and the Farniok brothers. He received a lot of recruiting attention early on. The schools in the Midwest knew about him but he also received national attention when Oregon offered.
His high school coach, Chad Stadem explained to Hail Varsity what it is that evaluators and college coaches saw in Kpai as a prospect.
“His length. He’s 6-3 and he runs well,” Stadem said. “He’s very flexible, he can bend extremely well. I just remember watching him, there are two other linebackers here and two going to South Dakota State. I remember watching them at a combine last year doing agility drills and how they were told to get low. They couldn’t get as low as Randolph. He could get low and keep his flexibility, speed and quickness. Those guys were good football players and linebackers. There’s the difference right there. I noticed it right away.
“His ability to play against offensive lineman. We used him as a hybrid this year because we had injuries. We moved him all over the place. He was defending wideouts one-on-one in some spots. He was running with tight ends down the pipe. He can do a lot of different things. That’s why I say he’s a hybrid-type. When we had him in the middle, which wasn’t a ton, I’ve found that he is really good at running through holes. He will see a hole and run through it. I think that’s a natural thing. We’ve never taught him how to do that. He finds a way to get to the ball really well.”
Kpai will get a jump start on his Husker career in January when he early enrolls.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.