Connecticut Duo Impressive at Army Combine

Stamford HS LB Khairi Fortt (6'2 220) and King and Low Heyward HS in Stamford RB Silas Redd (5'10 187) have known each other since their youth. Not only did their fathers know each other growing up in CT, but the kids played together in Pee-Wee football. And despite one choosing to attend the public school system and the other a rigorous prep school, they have stayed friends through the years.

Now as they prepare for their upcoming senior season in high school, Fortt and Redd, the top two prospects in the Nutmeg State, are pushing each other in the training circuit. Both are working out together with a personal trainer at the Blue Streak Training facility in Stamford. And their intensity, dedication and preparation allowed them to make strong impressions at the recent Army All American Combine in San Antonio, Texas.

Khairi Fortt's dad, Guy Fortt took some time to discuss the efforts of these fine young men. "Both of them have been working out really hard. They are competitive and push each other and that makes them get better. It was important for them to prepare for this combine and they wanted to see how they stacked up against some of the top competition in the nation. I think both kids made statements. I am proud of them".

Fortt says his son Khairi ran well and had the second highest vertical jump in the LB class. But it was his performance in the 1-on-1 where he stood out. "There were some extremely explosive players here and Khairi was able to run with those kids. He did well in coverage and batted down a good number of passes. Some people told us he was one of the top LB's at the event".

Redd also made quite the impression. "He runs so well for a kid with his size and strength. He can cut on a dime. He struggled a little bit early on, but once he got the butterflies out of his system, he was as good as any RB there".

Silas' dad, Silas Redd Sr. also commented on the experience. "We had fun down here. But we also came down here with a task at hand and that was to see how he stacks up against these other kids. At Blue Streak, he was running consistent 4.42-4.45 laser times, but he ended up running a 4.6 here. Many people were commenting how it may be a bit of a slower turf here and I know Silas was disappointed with his time. But some of the fastest kids here did not run that much faster. He also ran a 4.13 shuttle which was pretty good. And I know he did well on the vertical jump. At Blue Streak last week, he jumped 37 inches on the vertical, but I don't have the official number from the combine".

During the 1-on-1's, he also made some noise. "I think he performed well. I would notice every time he ran a drill, Blair Thomas who was coaching the kids would be writing something on his note pad. At the end of the day, they pulled him aside with two other running backs and they made him do some drills. He ran hard and had some great cuts. Not to be biased but he stood out…I think Khairi did very well also".

At this time, Khairi holds written offers from Ohio State, Boston College, Rutgers, Maryland, BC, UConn, UNC, and Duke. He has also received a verbal offer from Penn State and is getting heavy interest from Georgia and Florida. Khairi projects to be a national recruit and will surely have his offer tally rise.

Silas holds offers written offers from Boston College, Virginia, UConn and Stanford. He has a verbal offer from Penn State. He is also getting heavy interest from Duke and Rutgers, among others. As he continues to perform on the combine circuit, he will be a very coveted player across the country as well.

SOR will keep you up to date with the recruitment of these two fine players as time progresses.


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