For LSU football fans in Louisiana, the last name Randall still sticks out like a sore thumb. Cayden Randall, a player in the class of 2026 who attends Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is now trying to make a name for himself. This upcoming season will be Cayden’s first season suiting up for the varsity team, so he is doing everything he can during this offseason to stay ready for this opportunity. Marcus Randall, Cayden’s father, serves as the head coach for the Panthers. As a Diamond in the Rough featured athlete, Cayden has everything it takes to play at the next level, and he still has a lot of time to grow as he will only be a junior this coming fall. He is taking a different positional route than his father did, as he is a defensive back who can do a plethora of things on the football field for the Panthers.
How old were you whenever you started playing football and why have you continued to play over the years?
“I was 6 years old when I started to play football. The reason I continued to play was because it was fun and then I learned there was more to it than playing football i was getting life lessons as well.”
Do you play any other sports, or is it just football for you?
“I do, the other sport I do is run track and that’s really it.”
What would you say is the strongest part of your game? And what is something you think you could improve on for this upcoming season?
“The strongest part of my game will probably be my speed because I’m always one of the fastest on the field. Something i could improve on this season is opening up my hips and breaking on routes faster.”
What is your favorite position on the field to play and why?
“My favorite position on the field is safety because I can see everything that is going on, and also I like to hit.”
How has the recruiting process been so far for you? Any offers? Or any interest from schools?
“No, I have no offers yet, hoping to get a few this year.”
How do u prepare yourself to play a football game?
“Before any game, I always like to relax my mind and listen to music.”
What has it been like watching the guys that have come before you at Woodlawn and got the opportunity to play at the next level?
“It inspires me to work harder so I can also play at that next level.”
What are you personal goals for this upcoming season?
“My upcoming goals are to impact the team, have an all-district recognition, and go to the state championship.”
How do you enjoy playing for Woodlawn and is it a good fit for you and your style?
“I like playing for Woodlawn because it’s a brotherhood over there. We lift each other up whenever our brothers fall, and I also like the energy we have.”
How would you describe your teammates?
“I would describe my teammates as hardworking athletes, but we can get off track for a minute and get right back to work.”
How do you balance your school and football?
“I always say football then school, because football is a privilege and you have to work as hard in the class room as you do on the field.”
Is there anybody that you model your game after maybe in college or the NFL?
“I model mine after the honeybadger, because I like his play style.”
How has it been having Marcus as not only your dad but your football coach as well?
“It’s a lot of knowledge that gets passed down from him to me, and to just be around him and his friends is a privilege.”