Signing Day Profile: WR Michael Redding

Signing Day Profile: WR Michael Redding

Stefan Adams
2020 IMG Academy (FL) WR Michael Redding officially became a Miami Hurricane this morning. He is signee #13 on the day.


The 6-1, 195-pounder is currently a consensus 4-star in the national rankings. According to the 247Sports Composite, Redding is the #167 player nationally, #29 WR in the country, and the #25 player in the Sunshine State.


Recruiting Story

Redding’s commitment to the Canes in late June came 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 in early June 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.


Evaluation

Redding is easily one of the best athletes in Category20, and his measurables are off the charts. At the Opening Finals in July, Redding recorded a 4.54 40 time, a 4.33 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. Would have liked to see more production from him at the high school level.


The Team

Miami will lose KJ Osborn to graduation, and Jeff Thomas has left early for the NFL. That leaves Miami with only 5 returning scholarship receivers; 3 of those (Mike Harley, Dee Wiggins, Mark Pope) have seen heavy playing time this season, and the staff loves Jeremiah Payton’s potential for next year and beyond.


Redshirt Probability: 3/10

None of Miami returnees at receiver have proven at this point that they can be the surefire #1 option week in and week out. So, while there doesn’t seem to be a ton of room in the rotation available, it feels as if at least one receiver from the 2020 class will be needed to provide depth right away, and a true transcendent talent that shows they are ready to play immediately could always emerge in camp to become a starter. Along with his fellow receiver classmates in Dazalin Worsham and Xavier Restrepo, Redding is also enrolling early, giving himself the best chance at seeing the field in 2020. I’m hesitant because his lack of polish may hold him back early on, but he is the best pure athlete of the three receivers, has the most developed body, and easily has the highest ceiling; I’m betting that all eventually shines through and he lands a consistent role in the rotation in 2020.

 

Comments (6)

This kid plus another KJ from the portal and we should be ok
 
this is a kid who was professional at all times. kudos to his dad for not allowing his son to be a diva like jaiden.
 
Athlete at WR who has the potential to be a killer with some polish and work on his technique. Unlike past years, there is no logjam at WR. Opportunity abounds.
Welcome to the U!
 
If only we ran a scheme that would showcase his abilities. Great athlete
 

2020 Commits

RB
5'9"
195
Deerfield Beach, FL
OT
6'6"
330
Orange Park, FL
WR
6'1"
195
Bradenton, FL
QB
6'4"
210
Glastonbury, CT
CB
6'2"
180
Tucker, GA
DT
6'3"
290
Hollywood, FL
RB
5'11"
205
Miami, FL
S
6'2"
180
Hialeah, FL
WR
6'0"
185
Trussville, AL
DE
6'4"
240
Orange Park, FL

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08/24
Florida
Orlando, FL
L 24 - 20
09/07
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
L 28 - 25
09/14
Bethune-Cookman
Miami Gardens, FL
W 63 - 0
09/21
Central Michigan
Miami Gardens, FL
W 17 - 12
10/05
Virginia Tech
Miami Gardens, FL
L 42 - 35
10/11
Virginia
Miami Gardens, FL
W 17 - 9
10/19
Georgia Tech
Miami Gardens, FL
L 28 - 21
10/26
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
W 16 - 12
11/02
Florida State
Tallahassee, FL
W 27 - 10
11/09
Louisville
Miami Gardens, FL
W 52 - 27
11/23
FIU
Miami, FL
L 30 - 24
11/30
Duke
Durham, NC
L 27 - 17
12/26
Louisiana Tech
Shreveport, LA
L 14 - 0
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