The Hoosiers picked up their 14th commitment of the class of 2014 to kick-off the bye week. Devine Redding a 5-foot-10, 210 pound running back out of the state of Ohio pulled the trigger on Sunday and verbally committed to play his collegiate football for the Hoosiers. While the Hoosiers were the only major offer that Redding held, he had interest from other major programs such as Illinois, Louisville, and Ohio State.
The 247 Composite lists Redding as a 3-star running back, and the 57th best player at his position in the nation. He comes out of a football factory at Glenville High School, coached by Ted Ginn Sr. It is a major pipeline high school for the Ohio State program, including having former players such as Ted Ginn Jr., heisman winner Troy Smith, as well as five current Buckeyes play for the Tarblooders.
On the field Redding looks to have the size, strength, speed combination needed to play for a BCS team. It would seem however, that Redding would likely redshirt his freshman year to develop his skills, allowing him to become a major contributor down the road. While he lacks that next level speed, his lower body stability will allow him to break tackles and be tough to bring down. He is a patient blocker who allows his offensive line to work with him. Redding is a between the tackle power running back. He has good upper and lower body balance which will allow him to move the pile and be a durable back, capable of playing in the Big Ten. He needs to learn how to run routes, and be a factor coming out of the backfield in the passing game.
Make sure to check out one of his youtube highlight reels...my favorite is this one, where he is literally blowing up!