Penn State is known for its 300-mile radius recruiting. What they are also known for is the high school talent they are able to find within that close distance.
The recruiting class of 2009 across the NCAA was one of association’s strongest. However, the upcoming 2010 class is looking better than ever. And Penn State seems to have no problem getting these top recruits to commit.
I was able to talk with Silas Redd, a four-star running back from Stamford, Connecticut. I was interested in what this committed PSU player has been experiencing before he takes a big jump from high school to college.
Silas also had schools such as UConn, Rutgers, Virginia, Boston College, and Stanford to consider throughout his recruiting process. In 2008, Redd rushed for 1,356 yards (11.3 average) and 15 touchdowns. He intercepted two passes, as well.
Opponents say that Redd’s most impressive characteristics are that he is built to do damage to linebackers and the secondary. He has a strong, good body composition for a college back.
Redd is fast, explosive, and practices every rep like it is a real game. From the interview, I could even tell that Redd is a smart player with leadership skills who has the determination to be a great college athlete.
Name: Silas Redd
Hometown: Stamford, CT
Position: Running back
Stats (Scout.com): Position rank: No. 15; Position rating: Four-star
As a high school football prospect, how has the recruiting process been for you?
Earlier in the process it was overwhelming, but the day you commit this load gets lifted off your back.
What are your top concerns when considering a university?
First and foremost, academics. Then the athletics and everything that comes with that. Next things are the people and atmosphere.
How’s your senior season going so far? Any major plays you’ve made this season?
It’s going really well. I broke my school record for most touchdowns in a game with six and my team is 2-0 so far. So I’m happy.
What about Penn State stood out to you?
Well I’ve been wanting to go there since I was seven, so it was kind of like a dream come true.
Have you been to a Penn State game? If so, how was your first game day experience?
Yes, I’ve been to one and luckily it was a whiteout game, which was amazing.
Are you ready to be a college student & Nittany Lion? It’s a big transition and I’m sure you’ll miss high school.
Yeah, but at the same time I’m excited and anxious to be at Penn State.
As you look toward becoming a Nittany Lion, what do you bring to the team?
Versatility at the running back position. I’ll bring a nice change of pace from the traditional running back at Penn State. Play sort of the same role as Stephfon Green.
What do you make of PSU’s recent loss? Do you think we’ll be able to bounce back?
Oh, we’ll be fine. I’m sure the guys won’t dwell on it. Only use it as motivation.