Mark Stoops and company picked up its 10th commitment of the 2024 class in three-star EDGE Caleb Redd. He held offers from Oklahoma, Kentucky, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Southern California, and many others. He had visited Lexington earlier this month. Redd is the 3rd defensive player in the class joining peach state commits, Antwan Smith and JiQavious Marshall.
Caleb hails from DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, Missouri where in his junior year he tallied 60 tackles and 21 sacks. He is listed as 6'4" and 205 lbs on his recruiting profile (24/7), which is a fantastic frame to build on to. I dove into his junior year film to get a feel for his game and it's easy to see why UK wanted him. What stood out first was the sideline to sideline speed, and pure power in his pass rush moves. In his film you see him abusing tackles to get to the QB with a really nice rip move. There are a ton of clips where he is running all the way to the other side of the field and making the tackle while flashing the elite closing speed he owns. Obviously there are things he needs to work on like improving his bend around the edge and expanding his pass rush moves, but overall, this is a really good player coming straight out of high school. Easy to see why big time schools like OU, USC, and Nebraska have offered.
If Redd can piece together another 20 sack season like he did last year (not an easy task), a 4-star bump does not seem far fetched at all. Major credit to Kentucky assistant Frank Buffano on this one. For years he's been laying the recruiting ground work in Missouri and it has finally paid off. Its really hard to pull a St. Louis kid out of Missouri due to Mizzou being the only in-state school and also being firmly in Big12 country. Pretty impressive get for the staff who should be riding high right now into more major decisions coming up. The next few weeks should be fun for BBN!