June 22, 2012
Redding looking for more
One of the top performers on the camp scene this spring and summer has been Teo Redding of Michigan Collegiate High School. The 6-foot-2, 160-pound prospect has been a human highlight film at nearly every camp he has stopped into. Last weekend he picked up his first scholarship offer and is looking to add more.
SpartanMag.com has watched Redding several times this spring and on every occasion he has shown incredible hands and uncanny body control. Despite that, many have wondered if he has the speed and the frame to fill out at the next level. On Saturday at the Michigan State Camp he impressed Central Michigan Head Coach Dan Enos enough that the Chippewas became the first team to offer him.
Rivals.com Midwest Recruiting Analyst Josh Helmholdt had the following to say about Redding:
Redding quickly makes you forget that he is 6-2 and 160 pounds soaking wet. The tall and extremely lanky wide receiver catches absolutely everything thrown in the same area code. He has the speed to get on top of defensive backs and surprisingly does a good job with physical defenders at the line of scrimmage. It is what he does when the football is in the air, however, that really sets him apart. Redding can change direction in a heartbeat, stop on a dime and elevate in an instant. If the ball is anywhere within his lengthy wingspan, he's bringing it in.
SpartnaMag.com caught up with Redding and asked him about the scholarship offer and his recruitment.
"Recruiting is going alright," Redding said. "I have the offer from Central Michigan and I am hearing from Michigan State, Toledo, Bowling Green, Western Michigan and Indiana. I have three more camps I am going to, Bowling Green, Friday Night Lights and Cincinnati on July 20th."
Did you get some feedback from the Michigan State coaches after camp?
"Yes, I surprised them with my speed and they liked my jumping ability," Redding stated. "They said they were impressed my ability to go up and get the ball. They are going to keep in contact with me and told me to just keep working hard."
Michigan State is being very prudent at the wide receiver position this year. With limited scholarships available they will likely only take 1 player at that spot. The staff has the luxury of being very selective and that means being able to evaluate players thoroughly before they pull the trigger on a scholarship. The Spartan staff will likely want to see how Redding plays and develops this fall. We asked him about his time-table for a decision.
"Michigan State stands high on my list, but right now I am just trying to keep all my options open and see who offers." Redding said. "I will be discussing things with my parents and making a decision that is best for me."
SpartanMag.com will be keeping in contact with Redding in the coming weeks. We have seen hundreds of Division 1 wide receivers over the last decade of recruiting coverage. In that time Redding is easily in the top 5 when it comes to his hands and his ability to make difficult plays. We expect his offer list will continue to expand throughout the fall. If the Spartans do not receive a commitment from a wide receiver this summer we expect Redding will be a player they closely evaluate this fall.
When thinking about Redding recruitment and how he does not have a lot of offers at this point in time, we thought about the Spartans 2011 wide receiving trio of B.J. Cunningham, Keshawn Martin and Keith Nichol. None of the above players had a scholarship to play wide receiver heading into their senior year. Redding may not run a 4.4, but nobody has been able to consistently cover him at any camp yet. That might be the biggest selling point in his recruitment.
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