Columbia High WR Keithon Redding says Georgia Tech is offer No. 19

Columbia coach Mario Allen (center) with two of the state's top 2012 prospects: WR Keithon Redding (left) and DE Jhaustin Thomas (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Columbia coach Mario Allen (center) with two of the state's top 2012 prospects: WR Keithon Redding (left) and DE Jhaustin Thomas (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

[UPDATE: UGA offered Henry County DE Dalvin Tomlinson (6-3, 270) on Friday afternoon. Tomlinson was offered earlier in the day by Florida and ... Harvard]

One of Georgia’s most-heavily recruited wide receivers was offered by Georgia Tech on Friday, according to his high school coach.

Columbia High School’s Keithon Redding said Georgia Tech was offer No. 19.

“I was waiting to see how long it was going to take them; Georgia Tech called me this morning and said they wanted to extend an offer,” Columbia coach Mario Allen told the AJC.”Georgia Tech likes Keithon because they want a kid who can stretch the field vertically with speed, who is tough and physical, who runs good routes and who is a local kid.”

The 6-foot, 190-pound Redding said he was surprised with the news from his coach. “I didn’t think that Georgia Tech would offer me so early. I’ve been there for Junior Day. Georgia Tech was one of favorite schools growing up.”

When asked about his current leaders, Redding listed Central Florida, Alabama, Penn State, UGA and Florida State.

Wait a minute: UGA hasn’t offered Redding. “No, Georgia hasn’t offered Keithon or [Columbia running back Kenno Loyal]. I’m kind of shocked about that. I don’t understand why Georgia hasn’t offered Keithon but I’m pretty sure they will at some point.”

Redding said he may commit by late summer.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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47 comments Add your comment

RambleOn84

May 13th, 2011
1:54 pm

GT has wide receivers???

southGA DAWG

May 13th, 2011
1:54 pm

SouthGA DAWG

May 13th, 2011
1:57 pm

I would Love to see more GA boys staying in state.

TommyP

May 13th, 2011
2:05 pm

Looks like they’re at a laundromat.

Johnny Too Good

May 13th, 2011
2:17 pm

@RambleOn
yeah they had Calvin Johnson(top 5 pick) and Demaryious Thomas of recent memory

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

middlegabrave

May 13th, 2011
2:22 pm

I thought UGA offered Loyal that kid is electric and by far the top back in the state.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhLDcT9spdE

CMR Fan

May 13th, 2011
2:24 pm

Don’t worry Keithon. When you get to 20 offers, Mark Richt will invite you to summer camp to try out for a Georgia offer. Hang in there, son!

Dawggone Truth

May 13th, 2011
2:29 pm

Wait a minute. Did Georgia Tech actually offer BEFORE Samford, Furman, UAB, Davidson and Air Force? Way to go Paul Johnson. Very aggressive recruiting there!!!

Jim

May 13th, 2011
2:29 pm

@RambleOn84 — you gotta use someone to crack back on the outside linebackers!

BYOB

May 13th, 2011
2:40 pm

Keithon come to Dawg Night and try out for a scholarship offer

Beating a Dead Horse

May 13th, 2011
2:43 pm

UGA likes to get them into camp and see them in action before they. What’s the big deal?

jarvis

May 13th, 2011
2:43 pm

Tech offered. He must have demonstrated an ability to run the post.

Beating a Dead Horse

May 13th, 2011
2:44 pm

Before they “offer” Duh!

GTJason

May 13th, 2011
2:44 pm

Yeah seriously RambleOn, Calvin was a higher pick in the draft than AJ and your boy Stafford is the one throwing to him. GT receivers, if productive in the option, are perfect NFL wide receivers. They come already trained for downfield blocking which is around 80% (4 out of 5 plays for you dawg fans) of what NFL receivers do. I understand Calvin wasn’t an option product, but Bay Bay very much was. That made him the first WR picked in last years draft, even over Dez Bryant

pjbrave

May 13th, 2011
2:45 pm

By some of the comments I can tell that people havent seen this kid play. He might be the most electric player in the state. Just check him out on youtube. The Columbia Eagles should do very well this year. They have about 7 or 8 D-1 caliber players. Included in those 7 or 8 players is RB Kenno Loyal. If you dont know him check him out on youtube as well.

Asleep at the wheel

May 13th, 2011
2:46 pm

Dillon Lee, Holsey, etc etc etc … Honestly, when a homestate kid lists Georgia in his top 5 and doesn’t have a Georgia offer but has 19 other offers ……. THEN someone from Georgia needs to get their tail over to that high school ASAP

michael

May 13th, 2011
2:47 pm

why would so many kids want to go to the same school (uga) when most probably won’t play. uga has their personal favorites. this kid most likely isn’t one of them. he could be another DREW HILL at g.t.

Bob Loblaw

May 13th, 2011
2:51 pm

Tech can’t get WRs. If there are some that would go, they probably wouldn’t qualify academically.

jarvis

May 13th, 2011
2:51 pm

Sealing the corner is not downfield blocking.

Given Bay Bay is a great receiver…he wasn’t recruited by PJ, and I feel certain he wouldn’t have been at Tech if he had been.

bulldog1967

May 13th, 2011
2:52 pm

Loyal looks like a beast! Wow I heard about this kid. CMR offer this kid now. He is an old school back with speed.

GTJason

May 13th, 2011
3:00 pm

Bay Bay’s other options were Duke, Indiana and Louisville, he wasnt highly recruited .. sealing the corner wasn’t even half of what he did in the option. Quarterback end around and B-back dive all required downfield blocking after breaking through a hole. Nesbit and Dwyer owed a lot of touchdowns in 2009 to him

RRTDawgs

May 13th, 2011
3:00 pm

I hope we do offer Loyal and Redding but it could be to late like it seems to always is with Richt there is a major problem with the way Richt recruits and he has taken a lot of heat for it with offering these kids to late .

pjbrave

May 13th, 2011
3:02 pm

@DA Truth. Wow you dont know what you are talking about. His grades are not a problem. your name should be Da Lie.

Zone 3

May 13th, 2011
3:05 pm

UGA may have blown their chances with Keithon. I heard he went up to the G-Day game and did not receive any love from the coaches, staff, fans, etc. Way to go UGA another miss on a top in-state game changer.

teckie659

May 13th, 2011
3:07 pm

Come to GT. Stay close to home.

RRTDawgs

May 13th, 2011
3:12 pm

Tomlinson is a beast we need edge players like Dalvin in 3-4 i would like to add .

electricalgt

May 13th, 2011
3:12 pm

UGA just only recruits boys from South Georgia. All the metro kids go out of state.

RRTDawgs

May 13th, 2011
3:16 pm

That not true we do get a few kids from the metro area and we get most of them from Buford Damien Swann is from Atlanta .

RRTDawgs

May 13th, 2011
3:23 pm

I can name a few more Corey Moore from Griffin and A. Herrera is from College Park so to say UGA gets no kids from Atlanta is ridiculous .

RRTDawgs

May 13th, 2011
3:25 pm

I can name a few Corey Moore is from Griffin and A. Herrera is from College Park D. Bowman is from the Atlanta area .

BigTimeTECHFan

May 13th, 2011
3:26 pm

Tech got the best receiver in the state last year (Jeff Green), let’s make it 2 in a row

JM

May 13th, 2011
3:43 pm

GT needs WRs that can block well and stretch the field. While their offense might not produce as many receptions as others, the big productive #1 and #2 WRs will get good stats. The’ll be tough and hard working, exactly what the NFL wants in its receivers.

namvet

May 13th, 2011
3:58 pm

Just watched Redding and Loyal highlights how does C.J. Curry have an offer and this kid doesnt. Don’t understand!!!! Loyal and i. Crowell would be an unstoppable tandem!

Old Boy

May 13th, 2011
4:17 pm

I didn’t think that Ivy League schools offered atheletic scholarships

AllVOL

May 13th, 2011
4:21 pm

Good gawd, do they draw names out of a hat to make up these names? Why anyone would do that to a child is mind-boggling!

Richt`s Hammer

May 13th, 2011
4:33 pm

Who Cares? I have one more year of million dollar pay days then it is off to hairdresser school.

KK

May 13th, 2011
5:05 pm

dawgjammin

May 13th, 2011
5:44 pm

GT Jason…you are an idiot if you think the distribution of run to pass in the NFL is 80-20. Even teams like the Colts, Saints and Packers ran the ball at least 40% of the time in 2010.

GT hulk

May 13th, 2011
7:50 pm

I hope Wofford and Troy offer, then PJ will have a chance

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Stinger2

May 14th, 2011
8:05 am

If Redding has 19 offers, he won`t be signing with GT. He will sign with a team that incorporates passing into its offense.

EK2

May 14th, 2011
8:15 am

4.68 40 and 6′ does not turn heads. Maybe he is the best route runner in the state, but he needs to go to camp to show that. Camping also shows the staff that you are seriously considering that school. Not too much to ask for a full ride.

Jfirst

May 14th, 2011
8:30 am

@EK2 recently saw Redding at a camp this kid is not 6′ he is more like 6′2 he runs a 4.4 and dominated the camp. Do the math 19 offers which includes Alabama,PSU, and OLE MISS.

sting'em

May 14th, 2011
5:12 pm

Man we would love to have you at GT. What ever you do good luck but hope you will be a Jacket.

Richt'd

May 15th, 2011
8:16 am

Get off my back, we get top five classes with plenty of 5 star recruits every year so just calm down.
I know every year several get kicked out of school and some don’t even get admitted, but the one’s that stay turn out to be top NFL picks and we get 6 or 7 win’s out of them, with bowl games in Shrevport and Nashville, Heck we almost beat Central Florida! So in your face haters!

Migon

May 18th, 2011
10:30 pm

19 and counting Keep it up Keithon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Noonie

May 22nd, 2011
5:49 pm

Way to go Kei !, i love you my boy, South Atlanta behind you 100% , we know you gone go far and do work wherever you go!! #proudofyou!