It appears Western Kentucky University has plucked another one of Manatee County's star football players.
Rivals.com is reporting that Daqual Randall, Palmetto's middle linebacker, has committed to the Hilltoppers, choosing them over Lousiville, which earned a committment for Randall over the summer.
According to Rivals, Randall made an official visit to WKU on Sept. 9, for the Hilltoppers' game against Navy. He spent most of his time with head coach Willie Taggart and assistant Raymond Woodie, formerly the head coach at Bayshore and Palmetto.
"When I went up there, all the players and the team seemed cool," Randall told Rivals.
If Randall signs with WKU in February, he'll be joining a team that also includes locals such as Jonathan Dowling and Boe Brand. Leon Allen, a senior running back at Manatee, committed to the Hilltoppers last month.
Randall told Rivals his mind is made up.
"I'm set," he said, "and I'm locked in now."