Wide Receiver, Class of 2023
Powell High School, Powell, TN
The stock of Powell (Tenn.) 2023 wide receiver Adarius Redmond continues to rise, as it did through last fall. That, however, came in spite of a nagging knee injury he endured throughout the season.
Redmond now claims 11 scholarship offers after his most recent from Virginia Tech, Michigan State and Tennessee. His recruitment isn’t quite his primary focus, though, as he waits to take in-person visits, as well as return to full strength, following a strain that forced him to sit out four games.
“It’s been bothering me since last summer,” Redmond said. “The pain comes and goes. When I had it checked out, they gave me a brace and I wasn’t cleared. I’m just hoping I can be 100% clear. I can practice, but just stay healthy. I’m ready to get back even better. I’ve been working and stretching, working out, stuff like that.”
Before the pandemic set in last spring, Redmond said he did get in some games at a few of his options, long before the offers came. During the 2019 season, he said he went to games at Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina. Redmond’s trip to Blacksburg was brief, but gave him a good feel for the program and gameday atmosphere.
“I was only on the field and stuff, but I like the stadium,” he said. “I think they throw the ball a lot and I saw they use their receivers. I saw the players they were throwing it to.”
Assistant coach Adam Lechtenberg has been Redmond’s primary recruiter and offered a scholarship last Monday. Their conversations seem to have gone well to this point.
“All the coaches, I can’t talk to them like that, but I talk to them a little,” Redmond said. “I can see they really care about their players and stuff like that. I just talked to him when I got the offer, but he talked more with my dad.”
The local Volunteers have also done well in Redmond’s mind so far. He also likes the new coaching staff now in place.
“When I’ve been there, I like the school,” he said. “I like the weight room, the locker room. I like their field. They throw the ball a lot and since I’m from Tennessee, I see they’re looking at talent there, looking out. They’re giving players from Tennessee an opportunity to play there....
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