USC is the team to beat for Georgia tight end

April 17, 2014 

USC currently is the team to beat for TE Connor Redmond (6-4 230) of Decatur, GA following a recent visit for a spring practice. Redmond got a good look at the program and the city and liked everything he saw.

"I really like the city of Columbia," he said. "It's not too far from home but far enough to be away from home. I really like the coaches. They are laid back and down to earth. And I like that they've been doing good and they have new facilities that are impressive."

Redmond also has visited Boston College, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Auburn and NC State. He doesn't have any more visits planned right now but would like to Georgia again, Ole Miss, Florida, Florida State, Mississippi State and Clemson, though he's not hearing much from the Tigers.

GA Mangus is recruiting Redmond for USC and he has made a strong sales pitch. "He said he likes my athletic ability and sees me fitting into their offense quickly and well," Redmond said. "He says I'm a tough guy and you have to be a tough guy to play the position. He really liked my film."

Redmond is not ready to make a commitment but it's apparent USC has already taken his heart. "South Carolina has showed me the most love and I've showed it back to them. I'm not close on committing but USC is on top of the list."

Redmond wants to take more visits and make the decision by the start of the season. Last season he caught 37 passes for 400 yards and 6 touchdowns in 9 games. He missed two games with a knee injury.

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