Oregon Ducks 2013: Commit Alex Redmond Surges at Nike's the Opening

Kay Jennings@KayJenningsPDXContributor IIIJuly 9, 2012


Relatively unheralded three-star offensive lineman Alex Redmond was the star of the Sunday morning big man faceoff at Nike's The Opening.

Redmond, committed to Oregon—and you should be very happy about that if you are a Ducks fan—took control of the one-on-ones in the competition between OL and DL players at the elite camp for the top high school prospects.

As much as I enjoyed watching the premier youngsters in the nation run, throw and catch, Redmond's putdown of mega-recruit defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes was the highlight of the weekend for me.

Redmond not only threw Vanderdoes to the turf, the DL actually sustained a minor shoulder injury as a result of the encounter.

Vanderdoes—who I would still LOVE to see sign with Oregon—was the top overall defensive lineman at The Opening.

Alex Redmond is a piece of work. As mentioned in my previous article about The Opening, he is a moose. Redmond is listed as 6'5", 295 lbs, but, after seeing him in person and up close, if he's under 300 lbs, I'm under 100 lbs (I'm not).

Not only is Redmond gigantic, he also appears to have a nasty streak—a wonderful quality in an offensive lineman, don't you think? Every time he lined up in the one-on-ones he did great. He gets good leverage and he is one tough dude.

Just ask Eddie Vanderdoes.