Will Redmond taking official visits

Will Redmond is having a superb senior season at a Memphis East. In fact, he's been so good he hasn't been able to keep recruiters at bay after an August commitment to Mississippi State. If the 6-foot, 180-pound athlete has proven anything else in his final year, it's certain been an exclamation point on his versatility.


"My season has gone pretty well," said Will Redmond. "I've performed how I wanted to going in. As a team we've come together and done real good things throughout the season. We had a one point loss to Craigmont last game which was disappointing, but we just have to move on with Whitehaven coming up."

Redmond was Mr. Do-It-All in the Craigmont game. He was seven-of-12 passing for 101 yards and a 42-yard touchdown pass. He added 141 rushing yards and two touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass, and returned a kick for a score. Memphis East fell in the final minutes 49-48. Redmond takes his snaps out of the shotgun allowing a Wildcat run or pass play.

"I've been able to stay within the game," said Redmond. "I'm not getting fatigued, and I think it's due to my off-season conditioning. I recognize the speed of the game and make better decisions in each game with that understanding."

It's a testament to Redmond's athletic ability to not only shine on offense, most colleges like him in the secondary, but to do so beside a player like Brian Kimbrow.

Kimbrow, a who committed to Vanderbilt, is having a big offensive year in his own right with 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns. In the Whitehaven game, Redmond connected with Kimbrow for an 80-yard touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage.

Both Mississippi State and Vanderbilt fans are hoping they remain on the same team in college.

"When I committed to Mississippi State recruiting slowed down," said Redmond. "Lately I've been hearing a lot from Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Southern Miss. I plan on taking my official visits, but the only one I know I'm taking for sure is to Mississippi State."

Redmond is recruited by wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando, but he says the Bulldogs like him at defensive back, most likely corner. However, it wasn't the choice of position or prospect of early playing time that attracted him to Starkville.

"It was just everyone I met there were good people," said Redmond on his commitment. "In life you want to surround yourself with the right people. I'm a big family type of guy.

"When I was there we walked around campus and everybody stuck together. I talk with some of the players who are from Memphis and with Coach Mirando. I was there for the South Carolina game and had a great time."

The Memphis East Mustangs (7-2) will play Whitehaven (9-0) for the District 16 (TN-AAA) title on Friday. It's a shortened week for the Mustangs who were forced to complete their game with Craigmont on Monday. Three days earlier gunshots rang out from a nearby apartment complex midway through the second quarter, and the game was halted for player and fan safety precautions.

Redmond wears No. 1 for the Mustangs. He rushed for 1,862 yards and passed for 866 as a junior.

Redmond plans to compete in track after the season and likely continue to field calls from prospective recruiters until signing day.

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