No. 3 recruit Randle talks Kentucky visit

The nation's No. 3 recruit in the ESPN 100, senior power forward Julius Randle (Dallas, Texas/Prestonwood), returned home Sunday from Kentucky after his first official visit.

All senior prospects are allowed five official visits that last no longer than 48 hours, and Randle shared his itinerary and thoughts from his first experience, on which he was accompanied by his mother, Carolyn Kyles.

On Friday, Randle had dinner at coach John Calipari's house with the staff and team and spent an evening with the Kentucky players. On Saturday he met with an academic adviser, went on a campus tour, attended the UK alumni game at Rupp Arena, attended Kentucky's football game against Western Kentucky and had dinner with the coaching staff. Later Saturday night he went to the practice facility and did some late-night shooting from 1:30-3 a.m. with some Kentucky players. And finally on Sunday he had breakfast with the staff and attended team practice before departing.

Here were his initial impressions from his first official visit.

On your first official campus visit, what were your thoughts going into the visit?

"I knew everything would be great. I went with my mom and I really wanted her to enjoy it and she did. Going into the visit my thoughts were to make sure I hung out with the players and really get to know them off the court. Also, it was important to for me and my mom to get to know the staff even better."

What were your first thoughts about UK as you headed back home?

"Family. Everybody is so together and for each other. Coach Calipari really cares about his players and helps them reach their goals and dreams."

What really stood out about your visit?

"The people. Coach Cal and his staff (Kenny Payne and Orlando Antigua) were very genuine. That stood out to me. In fact, all the people I met were really nice."

What was one of the best things you did on your visit?

"Me, Archie Goodwin and Julius Mays went to the practice facility and put up shots at 1:30 a.m. to about 3 a.m. I love having access to the practice facility when I want to go into the gym and shoot."

How well do you know the Kentucky players?

"I know a lot of them through the AAU circuit. Especially Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and of course Nerlens Noel. And I know Ryan Harrow a little bit."

Will you be signing early or late?

"Definitely late. I want to take my time with the decision -- see how the coaches coach and make visits during their season."

What are your plans for future visits?

"I was scheduled to visit Florida in October and now they want me to reschedule it during the season so I can attend a game. I am also looking at Duke, Kansas, UNC, N.C. State and Texas to visit."

What were your impressions of the Kentucky alumni game?

"The atmosphere was exciting and Kentucky has great fans."

What were your thoughts on Kentucky's practice?

"It was really good. It was the first time they could practice together as a team. You see how the players listen to coach Cal, and I really like their style of play. They go up and down and guys handle the ball. I definitely liked it."