While the Virginia Cavaliers football season took a step backward in last week’s loss to Boston College, the Hoos’ recruiting momentum picked back up, as Osceola, Florida defensive lineman Jordan Redmond announced his commitment to UVA on Tuesday afternoon.
Redmond is rated three stars by 247, Rivals, and ESPN. The three rating services peg his height between six-foot-even and six-foot-two, and he weighs in within a cheeseburger of 290 either way. Redmond touts one of the most impressive offer lists of any 2018 Virginia commit: Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, N.C. State ... just about the entire ACC was in on this kid, and plenty of Power Five programs elsewhere, too.
This is an explosive, powerful, disruptive young lineman. Being somewhat shorter than other linemen makes him fit the perfect mold of nose tackle in an odd-man front: once he sets his base and establishes leverage, Redmond shows a real strength in eating up double-teams. But when he sets the jets to Full Speed Ahead, Redmond gets into the backfield and blows up the play. I really like how he uses his hands, a good sign that he’ll come to Virginia with a strong foundation of technique.
Expect to see Redmond compete for playing time with Mandy Alonso, the 2017 signee with the most similar body type.
Redmond joins Hawaii prospect Samson Reed as the two defensive line commits for the Hoos in the class of 2018. Reed—at 6’3, 260ish—projects more to an end than a true nose, so adding Redmond gives Virginia four players on the 2018 roster at the nose tackle spot: Alonso, and then-juniors Eli Hanback and James Trucilla.
Welcome to the family, Jordan!