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Class Impact: Michael Redding to Miami

Class Impact: Michael Redding to Miami

Stefan Adams
2020 IMG Academy (FL) WR Michael Redding committed to the Canes earlier this afternoon.


The 6-1, 195-pounder is currently a consensus 4-star in the national rankings. According to the 247Sports Composite, Redding is the #131 player nationally, #28 WR in the country, and the #17 player in the Sunshine State. His commitment keeps Miami’s class ranking at #9 overall on 247Sports, but moves the Canes up to #4 overall on Rivals.


The Player

Redding’s commitment to the Canes comes as a surprise to most, as pretty much everyone had him favoring the Noles. Redding was offered last summer by Mark Richt’s staff, but he seemed to fall off Miami’s board as time went on and there wasn’t much traction going on between the parties. When new WR coach Taylor Stubblefield was hired in January though, he made Redding one of his top priorities. Things really started heating up with Redding and Miami when he made his first visit to UM earlier this month and clearly the Canes made a huge impression on him. Redding chose Miami over a host of other big-time offers such as FSU, UF, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Georgia. Aside from his talent, it's also a big recruiting win for UM because it will help further Miami's relationships at IMG, a school with no shortage of talent that the Canes have been looking to infiltrate for years.

Redding instantly becomes one of the top prospects in Category20, and his measurables are off the charts. At the Opening Orlando regional in February, Redding recorded a 4.56 40 time, a 4.44 shuttle, and an outstanding 41.40 inch vertical leap. On film, Redding shows the ability to be both a quality possession receiver, as well as a big play threat. Impressive body control to reel in difficult catches and his top-notch hand-eye coordination gives him elite ball-tracking skills. He has the athleticism to slip tackles and frequently shows great technique in terms of catching the ball away from his body. Redding is a well-built receiver that uses his body effectively; will run to the sticks, shield off a defender, and open up to his quarterback quickly, presenting an easier target for a passer to hit. More of a long-strider than a true burner, but has deceptive speed and great acceleration. A willing blocker on the edge that can be a weapon in the run game.


The Class

Redding’s commitment gives UM 19 total verbals in the 2020 class. He joins Miami Northwestern (FL) 4-star WR Marcus Fleming as the second true WR in Category20, with Deerfield Beach (FL) 3-star ATH Xavier Restrepo a distinct candidate for receiver as well. The Canes have pretty clearly been chasing for 3 WR’s in this class with Restrepo as a swingman, so it’s safe to say there’s one spot left right now.

Miami has pretty much zeroed in on that one target and already brought Hewitt-Trussville (AL) 4-star Dazalin Worsham in for an official visit last weekend. Miami made such a big move with Worsham that he decommitted from Alabama following the visit and the Canes are now in the driver’s seat. Sources feel strongly that he will be in this class.

If for whatever reason UM loses a receiver commitment, they have put themselves in good positions with multiple targets to adequately replace any defections. Lately, contact has picked up with Miami Palmetto (FL) 3-star Kentron Poitier, and he took an unofficial visit to see UM a few weeks back. Dutch Fork (SC) 3-star and Virginia Tech commit Jalin Hyatt has also risen on the board thanks to a big spring in which he clocked a 4.31 40 at the Opening Charlotte Regional. Hyatt aims to use an official in Coral Gables. Former commits in Vanguard (FL) 4-star Leonard Manuel and Miami Christian (FL) 4-star Marc Britt both visited Miami in recent weeks as well. Glades Central (FL) 3-star Ja’Vontae Williams and West Orange (FL) 3-star Jaylon Carlies both visited for Paradise Camp last weekend. The Canes also haven’t given up on Carol City (FL) 4-star Thaiu Jones-Bell despite his commitment to Alabama and got him on campus during the Manny Diaz Camps.

Trinity Catholic (MO) 4-star Mookie Cooper has been an interesting name connected to UM for some time now and he just put UM in his top 5; some in the industry felt the Canes led here before they backed off a bit. It will be interesting to see if the Canes warm up to Cooper as the process goes along, as it is certainly difficult to turn down a national top 75 overall talent.


The Team

By 2020, Miami will lose KJ Osborn to graduation, and it’s possible that Jeff Thomas could leave early for the NFL, but WR is one of UM’s deepest positions talent-wise and they are well stocked to help offset any losses.

Whether Miami ends up with another WR in 2020 or not, with the type of talent Miami is bringing in at WR, Redding will have to be well-prepared both mentally and physically if he wants to crack the rotation as a freshman, as the competition will be fierce for reps at WR. While it’s unclear if Stubblefield will be as rotation-heavy as his predecessor, the philosophy under Manny Diaz seems to indicate that seniority will not matter when it comes to playing time and the best players will play, so Redding will have a shot to see the field despite an upperclassman-laden group. Miami really is just stacking blue-chips at receiver and it’s hard to say which recruit will rise to the top, but Redding has the potential to be very productive at Miami when it’s all said and done and has All-American potential.

 

Comments (60)

Thanks Stefan. We definitely stacking chips at WR position.
 
If we lose Fleming, it’s not the end of the world. Especially if it’s because of us bringing in guys like Redding. We need kids with the right mindset too. F$U had all that talent on their roster, rankings-wise, and their locker room has been toxic. Yeah, I’d love him to stay but if that’s an issue for him then so be it.
 
I would like to see Miami get one more wide receiver.

Who?

IMO...Kentron Poitier.

Why?

Because he's almost 6-foot-6 and you can't.teach.that. He would immediately come to Miami and have a role slotted behind Evidence Njoku as a red zone threat. While others may slot higher on the board...I like Hyatt because he can FLY and you also cant.teach.that, but 6-foot-6 wide receivers are a mismatch in college football even if you have a QB that struggles to push the ball.

Redding and Fleming your outside guys. Restrepo your slot. Poitier your red zone guy.

I think thats a great class of WRs.
 

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