Combine MVP looks to impress at Junior Day

Devine Redding of Mineral Ridge (OH) High School earned running back MVP at the Best of the Midwest Combine on Monday and he hopes to make a similar impression at Louisville's junior day on Saturday.

Among the running backs that the University of Louisville coaching staff has taken an interest early in the recruiting process is Devine Redding of Mineral Ridge (OH) High School.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound back had an impressive junior campaign and despite wearing a cast due to a broken thumb for eight games, rushed for 1,100 yards, averaging 10.5 yards per carry, and found the end zone 20 times. He also hauled in an additional 800 receiving yards.

Redding collected an early offer from Indiana and hopes that an impressive combine outing, along with a couple strong junior day outings, will attract others to do the same.

"I haven't gotten any more new offers, but a lot of schools are calling and talking about it," Redding said on Thursday.

Redding put his ability on display earlier this week at the Best of the Midwest Combine held in Indianapolis and made an impression earning the running back MVP honor.

Redding reports that a number of programs have taken notice and are expressing interest.

"I'm hearing from Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Louisville, Duke, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Alabama, Purdue and Auburn."

"I'm going down to Louisville for their junior day on Saturday. It's going to be pretty good to meet all of their coaching staff," he said of his upcoming weekend trip. "I'm looking forward to get to talk to Coach Strong."

His trip to Louisville is his only junior day visit scheduled, but hopes to Michigan State to the itinerary.

With interest certain to keep rising, Redding doesn't report any early favorites.

"I'm just taking as is it right now, I don't have any favorites yet."

One area that Redding is looking forward more to learning about each school is what is offered in his area of interest.

"When I look at the school I want to see what they have for business and entrepreneurship," said Redding. "I'd like to see what they all offer with that."

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