Junior report: Tyler Lee's Nic Redwine

IT continues its series of profiles on some of the state's top DE prospects with <B>Nic Redwine</B>, a guy whose recruiting is picking up some steam.

"6-3, 212, 4.5 forty is where I'd put him at," Tyler Lee coach Mike Owens told IT. "33.5 vertical, 285 bench, 240 incline bench, 245 (power) clean, 400 squat. We started another cycle (6 weeks) already and will test again later in March. I'm sure he's improved on those numbers."

I'd venture to say so too, considering he gave up playing basketball and isn't competing in track.

"He's working out with the track guys (only) to keep his speed and get in some running, but he's focused on football and working hard in the weight room," Owens said.

This was a kid who initially played wide receiver.

"He was on last year's 7-on-7 ands still played wide receiver," Owens told IT. "He made quite a few catches. And he's just got great speed. He does an outstanding job. He's extremely quick."

Jr. Stats: 45 tackles, 22 solo, 8 TFLs, 7 sacks, 3 QB hurries, 1FC, 1FR.

As a sophomore, he was a wideout and got some backup minutes at DE despite weighing only 180 pounds.

"He's bulked up quite a bit," Tyler Lee's coach said. "And it's good weight too."

Accolades: 2nd-team all-district.

"That was behind Justin Warren and Tim Crowder," Owens said, shedding some light on why Redwine isn't being touted like maybe believe he should be.

Strengths: "Got speed and extreme quickness. He's intelligent, plays with lots of intensity. He's a winner. Good student will be a full-qualifier. And he has great parents."

Areas to Improve: "Needs to put on more weight, but he's been doing that already and it's good weight. He's still a young kid and he's got to work on the basic techniques just like everybody else does. There are always thing you can do to improve yourself."

Scholarship offers: "He may be gettin' a lot of attention for all I know, ain't keepin' up with him or any of the other kids. That's really their business. I just tell them that one of the major decisions they will have to make is where they're going to play college ball at. I don't try to convince them to go to this place or that place. I don't tell them to do anything. It's their decision and I tell them to treat it like it's a business decision because that's what it is."

That said, coach Owens did add this: "But I do know that he went to A&M last week."

As for who is recruiting him the hardest, Owens said, "A&M and Texas."

Owens also added, "Texas used to have one of our players and A&M has about 4-5."

Something to keep an eye on.

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