Four Tarboro football players sign letters of intent
By PATRICK MASON
Friday, February 16, 2018
TARBORO —- Four more Tarboro High athletes have signed letters of intent to play college football.
Seniors Tae Randolph, Ken Belcher, TaQuan Hutcherson and Nijee Chandler on Thursday all signed to play football at St. Augustine’s University located in Raleigh. This came just one week after a pair of Vikings signed with Louisburg College, bringing the total to six players to make commitments from this season’s state championship winning squad.
St. Augustine is a Division II program that competes in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. All three went on a visit on Feb. 3.
Randolph, the Vikings quarterback for the past three seasons, was recruited as an athlete. The Falcons coaching staff, Randolph said, sees potential with his athleticism and size, while the Vikings senior sees an upside in his career at playing new positions.
Randolph has watched other high-profile position changes like Braxton Miller, a former Ohio State quarterback turned wide receiver. And Terrelle Pryor, a quarterback for the Buckeyes who is now a receiver in the NFL.
“I have actually looked at guys like that,” Randolph said. “I’ve followed Braxton Miller, who ended up getting hurt then played receiver and made an immediate impact. That’s how I see my career playing out.
“I work on (receiving) more than people think. I’ve got good hands. I figured if I went to a different school that ran a spread system I would have been a receiver.”
While Randolph will work to blossom as a play-making threat at the next level in a new position, Belcher, Chandler and Hutcherson are expected to stay put on the offensive line. The Falcons coaching staff was impressed by the physicality of the trio, and hoped to keep that cohesion together.
That offensive line helped the Vikings rush for 5,285 yards and 87 touchdowns last season.
Belcher, at right tackle, is a mauling player that can pave the way for runners.
“They liked my strength,” Belcher said of the Falcons’ staff. “They said that when I lock on I don’t let go. And they want to keep me at right tackle, which is nice because I already know a lot of the tricks and how to play over there.”
Hutcherson will stay at left guard, while Chandler will stay at center. Chandler also plays instruments, the drums and piano, and said he would be interested in joining the school’s choir band.
“I’ve played piano since I was 10 and the drums since I was about six,” said Chandler, 18. “ The coaching staff likes that I’m well-rounded, as well as my ability to play football.”