Diamond in the Rough: Cameron Randell

Cameron Randell is a class of 2023 tight end/defensive end out of Westminster Christian Academy in Opelousas, Louisiana. He is 6’3 and weighs in at about 210 pounds. On offense, Cameron possesses great route running ability with good speed. He excels in run-after-catch scenarios and his athleticism allows him to make a huge play whenever he touches the ball. Cameron has a great release off the ball when lining up at either tight end or wide out. He provides a mismatch factor at the tight end position with his big frame and athleticism. He creates separation very well in his routes and utilizes the whole field to his advantage. As a blocker, Cameron is very physical with good techniques and finishing off his blocks. He does a great job of kicking out the edge defender and uses his athleticism to get to the second level quickly. On defense, Cameron is a physical end who comes out of his stance aggressively. His quick first step allows him to explode off the ball, squeeze down the line, and make plays in the backfield. Cameron’s athletic ability lets him contain the edge well and not allow quarterbacks to get out of the pocket and scramble. 


What is your biggest strength as a player?

I worked real hard when it came to route running, but I would say my fight, not wanting to give up. 

What have you learned about yourself while playing football?

I learned that I’m capable of anything that I think of doing. Any position that I put myself in, whether it’s catching the ball, jumping up to catch the ball, creating a strategy for my route before doing it. Basically learning my body, my strength, and how to control my body

Which do you prefer, offense or defense? 

I love offense. Growing up, I’ve always played on both sides of the ball but there’s just something about offense

What motivates you?

Waking up in the morning, I try to motivate myself. Friday mornings on game days, I try to get my mind right. All the extra work that I put in with the team, I just think about the hard work we put in together and the hard work I put in on my own. I try to think about that and use that for motivation in the game. Like we worked way too hard to come to this point. 

Football aside, who is your biggest role model/someone you look up to?

D.K Metcalf. 

Are there any current NFL or college players that you look up to or model your game after?

In college, I would have to say Keon Coleman. Because I’m from Opelousas too, seeing him do his thing in high school, playing against him and seeing him as like a skyscraper over me. When I was in tenth grade, I hit him up and he told me you just gotta be better than me. In the NFL, George Kittle for sure. I used to watch old film of Rob Gronkowski, but I’m not 6’6 260 lbs, and just how he finesses moves in his route running as a big guy. I’m not that fast so learning how to finesse on the field and how to move around. Blocking for sure, I like how they block. 

What separates you from the thousands of other recruits trying to play college football?

The extra work that I put in. I try to put in as much extra work as possible, even when I’m alone. I don’t like to put myself out there like that, which I should present that, but I like to work in silence. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s a bad thing, but that’s just how I grew up doing it. I would put some cones in my backyard and putting in the work, I was doing that all summer

Is there anything specifically that you worked on this past offseason to get better for the season?

I worked on my route running and my speed

What do you love about the game of football?

I like showing my athleticism. There’s a lot of people with athleticism, but they way that I try to show my athleticism, I like doing it. Growing up, I didn’t really like football and playing it. I didn’t really start loving it until about last year. I like the contact because I like making people feel intimidated when I’m on the field. Being a bigger guy, there’s a lot of smaller guys out there 

What is something that you would like college coaches to know about you as a player?

That I’m always up for the challenge. No matter what position they put me in, I’ll do what I have to do

Do you play any other sports?

I play basketball, that’s what I first started playing when I was growing up. I started playing team ball in fourth grade