Baggett's departure shocks recruit

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When news spread out of Knoxville that wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett was stepping down from his position at Tennessee, it came as quite a surprise to many.

Following a 5-7 season and considering the Volunteers managed just seven points in their season-ending loss to Kentucky, changes were sure to come on the coaching staff. However, Baggett's name was not among those that popped up consistently on message boards.

Baggett's news came as a shock to at least one of Tennessee's commitments as well — wide receiver Keithon Redding.

"My initial reaction, I was really like, 'Wow!'" Redding told InsideTennessee. "He's been coaching for like 30-something years and coached in the League. One day everybody's got to retire."

Coach Derek Dooley and his staff didn't waste much time in communicating the staff change to their verbal commitments. Darin Hinshaw is replacing Baggett as the wide receivers coach and made a trip down to Decatur, Ga., late last week.

"Things went pretty good," Redding said of the visit with his position coach.

"We've got to grind and work hard."

The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder from Columbia (Ga.) High School also hosted Ole Miss assistant coach Chris Kiffin on Dec. 9.

"It was pretty nice. They want me to come visit in December," said Redding, who didn't sound too keen to the idea of heading to Oxford for an official.

Columbia fell in the first round of the GHSAA Class AAA state playoffs to Carrollton 28-0, which ending the future Volunteer's high school career.

"I felt like we could have went farther in the playoffs," said Redding, who made all-county and all-region teams.

Redding, who visited Neyland Stadium for the Tennessee-Vanderbilt game in November, said he plans to enroll in the summer with a planned major in either business or sports management. He reported that he took the ACT last weekend.

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