NC State is one of Ridgeway (VA) Magna Vista safety Traveon Redd’s top choices. That's what he told Pack Pride in a recent interview.
Michael Clark has said, “Redd is a physical, tough safety. 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.”
Old Dominion might be Redd’s only offer but Clark’s praise serves to underscore the point others have gotten at. Redd is just starting to scratch the surface. The attention a few coaches are paying him on a regular basis is also confirmation of that.
Redd had been hearing from NC State for some time. His first trip to the school was several months ago. That was a typical unofficial visit and during his time in Raleigh, Redd had an opportunity to check out the facilities, dorms and Murphy Center. . He walked around the campus and tried to envision himself as a student there.
“Everything seemed awesome,” he said.
So he decided to visit again when NC State played Florida State. That wasn’t just a trip to see Jameis Winston and the defending national champs. He wanted to see what gameday was like in Raleigh since he had already been on campus before.
“The atmosphere there was incredible. It was so hype from start to finish. It was a real good game. Playing Florida State at the time they were number one, it was one of the best games I’ve seen. I’ve gotten to know the defensive backs coach there and another coach from there and I’ve got a good connection with them. That’s something else I like about them.”
Apparently that game had an impact in terms of how Redd thinks about the Wolfpack. He followed that last quote up with what was alluded to earlier – “I would say they’re one of my top choices.”
He likes that NC State is close to home. He likes the same thing about North Carolina. In fact that’s one advantage those two schools have over Clemson. That’s another school that has been recruiting him and Redd visited Clemson last week.
Location is important because Redd would like family to have the opportunity to come visit when they would like to. But he’s balancing that against the environment he witnessed at Clemson.
Redd (5-11, 185) said NC State and North Carolina are on even footing. He visited Virginia for one of their first games of the year they are on his mind as well.