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Recruiting begins to pick up for four-star CB Jaylon Redd

Four-star Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Jaylon Redd says recruiting is 'about to get very real.'

With National Signing Day out of the way for the 2016 class, the wheels are now beginning to get in motion for the 2017 class. 

For coaches looking for cornerbacks, the place to search is Rancho Cucamonga High School where the Cougars have three corners that are rated three stars or better. Three-star Tayari Venable has committed to Washington State while four-star Thomas Graham is a soft verbal commit to USC leaving Jaylon Redd to garner a lot of attention as the uncommitted member of the trio.

After Wednesday, coaches went right back to work and Redd was one of the guys that they were after.

“Feels like everything has started coming fast,” Redd said. “Right after signing day, a lot of coaches was hitting me up, so it seems like it’s about to get very real right now.”

Redd said he was contacted by Notre Dame, Cale, Yale and Tennessee this week. He said he also recently met new USC defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford when Bradford introduced himself during a visit to Rancho Cucamonga High.

“He was a cool guy. I like him also. Nothing has changed about USC. They’re still there.”

What Redd likes about USC is how they challenge their defensive backs.

“USC they play, for the most part, straight man defense. They allow you to be an athlete. They allow you to make plays of your own. There is no help there and they play on the big stage so that’s even better.”

Despite having several colleges counting him, Redd said he doesn’t have a bunch of visits planned for the offseason. He is going to the Bay Area for Cal’s junior day and said he is intrigued by the Golden Bears because they want him on the offensive side of the ball.

But when asked about any early favorites, Redd was noncommittal.

“I don’t really have any standouts. I could possibly give some standouts in the summer. I can’t do it right now.”

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Recruiting analyst Gerard Martinez contributed to this report.


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