June 8, 2011

Redmond sees stock rise as focus shifts to defense

Will Redmond loves offense.

However, the 6-foot, 179-pound athlete from Memphis (East), Tenn., isn't necessarily thinking with his heart.

Instead, he knows his future might be more promising on defense, and Redmond is more than willing to make, as he calls it, "a business decision."

Redmond proved that on Saturday at Ole Miss, working at cornerback, shutting down opposing wide receivers and boosting his stock in the process.

Redmond, who has 14 offers, has camped at Ole Miss and Mississippi State. He'll camp at Notre Dame, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati before the summer is over, and he said over the weekend that Clemson, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Mississippi State _ in no particular order _ are on top in the race for his services.

Redmond, who possesses the skill set to play wide receiver or possibly even running back at the college level, admitted that most schools are "mostly recruiting me as a (defensive back), but three or four of my schools are looking at me as a wide receiver. I like playing a lot of the positions, but I see myself as a corner or a safety-type or a rover."

With that in mind, Redmond is focused on the fine points of secondary play.

"Everybody's fast," Redmond said. "It's just moving your hips and getting technique down."

If Ole Miss secondary coach Keith Burns' actions Saturday are any indication, the Rebels covet Redmond. When Redmond intercepted a pass and ran it back toward midfield, Burns ran with him, screaming encouragement. Redmond said he's certainly comfortable in Oxford.

"A lot of people I went to high school with who have graduated high school have gone to Ole Miss," Redmond said, citing Memphis East alumni Cassius Vaughn and Reginald Buckner as examples. "They come down and tell me a lot of things about it. They tell me it's always exciting here. You're never bored. That's the kind of place I want to go to.

"Everybody likes it. I haven't talked to coaches that much. I just like it. I'm really focused now on the people around the school."

Redmond said his decision will be made with family and education in mind.

"One thing that's going to set it apart is people who have graduated from that school, are the coaches still keeping in contact with them?" Redmond said. "Are the alumni still good? It's stuff like that, stuff that's going to be after school, not just right now."

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