OFFER WATCH '16: S Traveon Redd

Virginia strong safety prospect has a number of schools ready to jump in with an offer early on in his recruitment. Duke has been in early and often with eyes on prioritizing this talented player.

Traveon Redd is one of the top safety prospects in the state of Virginia and on the Blue Devil recruiting board in the class of 2016. We caught up with Redd this week for the latest on his recruitment.

With a number of schools in pursuit, Ridgeway (Va.) Magna Vista High standout Traveon Redd is in the process of evaluating his early recruiting process and prioritizing his options.

“Right now I have an offer from ODU, but a lot of schools are showing interest,” said Redd. “I’m hearing from Duke, Florida State, NC State, UNC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Tennessee, Boston College, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, California, Miami, Nebraska, Northwestern, Utah, Stanford, Penn State, Notre Dame, Kentucky.”

“I feel that more offers are coming and I talk with several coaches each week, but it’s hard to tell who will offer next.” regional analyst Michael Clark recently visited Ridgeway to evaluate Redd and came away impressed.

“Redd is a physical, tough saftey,” said Clark. “He has a great motor and a knack for making plays. Redd is solid against both the run and pass. He plays under control and does a nice job of making plays on the ball. Redd must continue to get stronger and quicker, but his future is bright.”

The player’s self-evaluation tracks with Clark, and he’s very self-aware when it comes to areas that need to continue to evolve before he arrives at the collegiate level.

“The first thing that I want to improve on baiting the quarterback on throws. I have learned to cover receivers better but I feel that I'm forcing them to throw the ball to receivers not in my area. I feel improving this will help my interception numbers. The next thing is studying film. I am learning how to pick out the keys that I need to know on game day. Speed is something that is an endless improvement. One can never be too fast. My biggest strengths are ball awareness, experience of the game, tackling, an athlete, discipline, fearless, and work ethic.”

A year after recording 85 stops and six interceptions, Redd says his junior year is progressing on schedule.

“The year is going great. I have put in a lot of work this past summer to improve my game and everyone speaks about my improvements. I have dropped my 40 time down from 4.8 to my 4.5's. I have increased my flexibility which has helped with my hips and speed.”

“The biggest difference from last year is my closing speed, break away speed and my hips. College coaches speak of my downhill speed and they don't mention anything about having tight hips. Speed and hips were my improvement points from coaches last year. After they watch my junior highlights, I get a good feel that they like what they saw. I received just one tip to improve on from a coach and that was finishing off tackles with negative yards. Since that tip, I have forced 3 fumbles and have double digit tackles for losses.”

As for Duke, the Blue Devils continue to evaluate Redd while also maintaining and building on the early relationship.

“I speak the most with coaches Guerrieri, Collins, Jones, Knowles, and Cutcliffe. They are recruiting me as a Safety. I have been to Duke on several different occasions this year including there Friday Night Lights camp.”

As he progresses through the early recruiting process, Redd says he knows how he’s going to evaluate the various programs.

“The factors I pay the most attention to in recruiting are the vibes given off by the coaches, the team’s game atmosphere, the location, and the school’s academics.”

Redd measures out at 6-feet and 190 pounds. He has a 4.53 forty time and reports a bench press max of 290 pounds with a squat max of 390 pounds.

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