Kalem Reddix is a Ram. One of the country's most prolific pass-catchers verbally committed to Colorado State on Thursday, giving CSU another lethal offensive weapon to work with. The Rams added former Clemson four-star receiver Demarre Kitt earlier in the week as well as two-way Georgia athlete E.J. Scott one week ago.
In ten games this year, Reddix has amassed 76 catches for 1,535 yards and 19 touchdowns. According to Max Preps, Reddix is 4th in the entire country in receiving yards and tied for 7th in receiving touchdowns.
“I committed because I knew that was the team I really wanted to go to,” Reddix told InsideTheRams.com. “I didn't want to wait any longer until they found another commitment and they didn't need me anymore. So I stopped putting it off and got I over with.”
The Ocean Springs (Miss.) St. Martin star held offers from CSU, Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss, Troy, and Tulane, plus a handful of FCS offers. He said he was also receiving heavy interest from Arkansas State, Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt.
CSU head coach Mike Bobo and wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted showed an unwavering commitment to Reddix throughout the recruiting process that stuck out to the three-star playmaker.
“Honestly, I like the loyalty that the head coach and wide receivers coach had with me. They just contacted me through every bad thing and every good thing that happened with me, unlike every other school. They'll contact me when the good things happen, you know? That just stuck out to me as loyalty. I mean, they'll be with me through the whole process,” Reddix explained.
“Anything they said and did, you know... They'd contact me after every game to see how I did, watch my film and try to help me on things I need to get better at, and just talk to me. The coaches, and especially the head coach, Mike Bobo, he'd talk to me all the time. I mean, you wouldn't expect that from the head coach to talk to a recruit like he's his own player already. That was amazing.”
A recruiting visit from CSU graduate assistant George Helow earlier in the week, which also happens to be the Rams' bye week, helped put Reddix over the edge in wanting to commit before taking his official visit to CSU, which is set for December 9.
Bobo and CSU's staff love what they've seen on the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder's film. They believe Reddix will flourish on the outside at the college level, believing he can beat defenders deep on the edge, make critical cuts in the midrange game, or create plays in space on quick screens or underneath routes.
In fact, while Reddix can stop on a dime and make defenders miss in space, one element to Reddix's game the CSU staff fell in love with is Reddix's size.
“They love my size and my speed and my hands,” Reddix said. “They say I turn into a running back after I catch the ball. So he likes the way I run with the ball after I catch it. He loves the numbers I'm putting up. He just wants me to stay humble and keep getting at it.”
With Power Five schools showing lingering interest in Reddix, is there any chance he would consider flipping his commitment if one offers?
“I'm sold on my commitment,” he said. “I mean, I will take any offers, but I'm still going to stay committed to my school.”
Reddix is unsure if he will take any other official visits outside of his December 9 trip to Colorado State. He intends to sign with CSU on February 1. A goal of his is to help recruit other top CSU recruiting targets to join the Rams' 2017 recruiting class.
Now that he is on board with the Rams, his intention next fall is to catch the first touchdown pass in CSU's new on-campus stadium.
“Man, it's crazy. I can't wait to get in it. Hopefully, I'll be a big part of that. I've got to go get it.”