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Randle High School is one of the new kids on the block in Houston high school football, but is becoming a dominant force on the gridiron.
The Lions are currently 9-1 with the impending playoffs approaching next week. So, what’s been the secret sauce to the quick success?
Freshman running back Landen Williams-Callis has quite literally hit the ground running for the Lions and his play is taking the recruiting world by storm.
William-Callis' journey in football started at a young age, and his pedigree is second-to-none.
“What made me start playing football was my brother and my cousins. I used to watch them go to the field and work out,” Williams-Callis said.
His cousins are Texas High School Football royalty - James and Jacquizz Rodgers - who led Lamar Consolidated to a State Championship in 2007. Both starred at Oregon State and Jazquizz played in the NFL.
Now, it's his turn.
The Randle running back has put together an impressive regular season, tallying 1,238 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns while having 140 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. Pretty Impressive season for the freshman.
“I know I can do better,” Williams-Callis said. “Playing varsity has been no different from junior high, the only change for me was the speed of the game and the physicality.”
With his gaudy stats, pedigree and upside, it's no surprise that he has landed on the recruiting radar. He has 18 offers, including the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Texas A&M, Penn State, TCU and USC to name a few.
“It’s been exciting,” he said. “To receive the offers from the schools that have offered has been great, but I’m not finished. I know there is always more to keep working for.”
Williams-Callis also mentioned that he has been talking with Texas and Top 5 team in the country Washington as of late.
The future is bright for Williams-Callas as he leads the upstart Randle Lions to the postseason this Fall. And to think, their best football is in front of the Lions and their young RB.
WITH THE UIL TRACK & FIELD SEASON UNDERWAY, RANDLE HIGH WILL LOOK TO JUNIOR SPEEDSTER SHANAJE’
CUMMINGS TO REPRESENT WHEN IT COMES TO THE MEDAL STAND.
Cummings is off to a fast start this Spring, given that she won the Tri-Meet (Randle, Magnolia and Hastings) in the 200-meters (PR: 25.50), claimed second in the Buffalo Relays and finished fifth in the Fort Bend ISD Invitational.
VYPE was able to catch up with the Randle Lion to see what makes the sprinter tick. Welcome to VYPE’s 411…
VYPE: So, what got you into track and field?
CUMMINGS: My parents asked me if I wanted to do it when I was about nine years old, so it kind of took off from there. I ended up really enjoying it because I just like to run. It makes me calm and I can focus on the moment.
VYPE: What’s your goal for this season?
CUMMINGS: I want to improve on my finishes and drop my times. Ultimately, I want to make it to State, and potentially be a collegiate runner after I’ve graduated.
VYPE: Who or what is your inspiration behind your passion for athletics?
CUMMINGS: My parents for sure. They’re all about track and are there to support their babies. My brother is a sophomore, and my sister is in seventh grade, and we are all in the sport. We workout together a lot, so it’s nice to have that family dynamic.
VYPE: What kind of commitment does it take to be an elite runner?
CUMMINGS: It takes up a lot of my time, especially during the summer season. I don’t really have any free time to be with friends because I’m always practicing or going to meets, but it’s a necessary sacrifice in order to succeed in the long run.
VYPE: Where do you see yourself in the future?
CUMMINGS: Well, my dream school is Texas State, so hopefully I will be attending there. After that, I hope to one day go to the Olympics.
Anticipate a stellar season from Randle’s Shanaje’ Cummings. She is already beginning to deliver on her goals, and only time will tell just how far she will go.