Joey Redding (6-3, 205) is one of those guys who has had to wait his turn, and now Redding is poised for his own breakout year, a year he is hoping will be productive both on the field and through scholarship offers.
Redding, though, with just two catches at Poly as a junior, said that some major colleges are still showing him considerable early interest. "UCLA, Arizona, Cal, most of the Pac-10 is who I'm hearing from," said Redding. "Notre Dame, Fresno State are some other schools." This is the way it's been for Long Beach Poly receivers in recent years, prospects who would probably have put up big numbers and gotten plenty of recruiting attention elsewhere as juniors, but have had to wait until their senior season at Poly to get attention. In 2003, current Oregon receiver Derrick Jones was the top receiving for the Jackrabbits, upstaging DeSean Jackson, who went to Cal in 2004. Then Terrence Austin and Travon Patterson became the go-to guys in 2006, committed to UCLA and USC, respectively.
Now it's time for Redding and teammates Bryshon Nellum and Travionte Session to step up, and they are hoping that the successful succession continues.
Redding was at last weekend's Nike Camp in Los Angeles after having been at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio in January. He's hitting as many camps and combines as he can to get the exposure he lacked while playing behind Austin and Patterson. Redding looked good at the Nike Camp, with good size and athleticism.
Even though Redding knows he'll need to prove it on the field next fall, there is one program whose respect he'd like to earn. Redding said: "I don't have any offers yet, but hopefully soon. I'm just trying to get my video out and then schools will see my test scores. I hope I receive an offer from UCLA. I like UCLA a lot. It's more my type of school. I went to Junior Day and I talked with Coach (D.J.) McCarthy. I liked Junior Day a lot. If UCLA offered, that's the school I really want to go to. So if they offered, I'd like to commit. I'd like to commit early so I can focus on my season and focus on winning."
Redding is waiting on is his SAT score, which could definitely ehnance the interest he is receiving from schools. "My GPA is good. I'm just trying to keep up my grades. I took my SAT (on April 1st) and I'm trying to get back my results early. I think did very well."
While he waits for those test scores and potential scholarship offers, Redding is keeping himself busy this spring, participating in track for Poly, running the 200m and the 400m. And he'll keep trying to get more exposure, with plans to attend the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles next month and then the Adidas Elite Camp the following weekend in Westwood.