Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wake commit drew late attention

Wake Forest commitment Kris Redding of Whitefield Academy in Georgia didn’t attract much attention from recruiters until the last few months.

Redding missed his entire junior season because of a knee injury, so coaches didn’t realize how talented he is until late in his senior season. Louisville was the first big school to show serious interest, and Redding was considered a “soft” commitment there.

By December, Redding was getting a lot of interest from college coaches, and he committed to Wake Forest over the weekend. He’s a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end who made 84 tackles, including 19 behind the line of scrimmage, as a senior.

“He’s still growing and has tremendous athleticism,” said Whitefield Academy coach Jimmy Fields. “He’s also a very good basketball player.” – Ken Tysiac