Wednesday, September 14, 2011

the recruit: Andre Miles-Redmond

Name: Andre Miles-Redmond
Position: OG
Hometown: Richmond
School: Hermitage
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 260

24/7: 85; three stars
ESPN: 78; three stars; #39 OG; Atlantic Reg. #93; VA #13
Rivals: 5.5; three stars; VA #20
Scout: three stars; ##73 OG

Other offers: Virginia Tech, NC State

It took just over a month for UVA to lock up its entire offensive line class** and two quick days in June for half of that to show up.  Andre Miles-Redmond committed to UVA in the middle of UVA's summer commitment rush, one day after Sean Karl.

AMR got his three offers early in the process - all before April - so that was the three-horse race; if he was gonna get any more, he'd've had them by the time he committed on the last day of June.  Really, it was going to be either UVA or VT almost all the way.  He always had nice things to say about NC State but sounded more excited about the instate schools.

Not a big guy, AMR is in fact the smallest of the O-line prospects UVA will sign in February, but that shouldn't make a difference in the end as he clearly has 30 pounds of growth in him.  ESPN calls him 6'3" while the other services go with 6'4", though, so it's probably a short 6'4" rather than bordering on 6'5", which would get him to tackle height.  ESPN's review is also helpful, and you don't even have to go past the first sentence: "Miles-Redmond is a tough productive run blocker who flashes good pass protection skills."  In other words, run blocking is his thing and he can sometimes pass block.  Miles-Redmond plays right tackle at Hermitage, but clearly projects as a college guard.

This puts him in good company, because three of UVA's four lineman commits project at guard; Karl is the only one that looks like a definite tackle.  (If I had to move a second prospect to tackle, it'd probably be Ryan Doull.)  So AMR has a lot of competition.  Plus, UVA has a good succession plan at guard.  Austin Pasztor will be gone next year, but Luke Bowanko will only be a junior.  Whether it's Matt Mihalik or Conner Davis (or even Jay Whitmire) that takes over for Pasztor next year is irrelevant since Miles-Redmond is never going to unglue himself from the bench in 2012, not at 260 pounds.  Or even 270.  Bowanko will be a senior and Davis a junior when AMR is ready to emerge from his redshirt cocoon, and I'm not stupid enough to predict how these three guards will compete with each other.  One may break up the logjam by moving to center.  (Mooney?)  Who knows.  What I will say is that it's not too likely that Miles-Redmond (or any of the three guards) makes much of an appearance on the field til his sophomore year, which will be 2014.  This competition and succession plan isn't the best thing for the minutes of an individual player like Miles-Redmond, but it's the healthiest thing imaginable for UVA.


-- Let's see if we can get all our offensive lineman named ACC OL of the Week.  Last week it was Mihota; this week, Aboushi.  Robert Randolph was national co-kicker of the week for the second straight week, as well as ACC Specialist OTW, and Cam Johnson got ACC DL honors for going RAAAAWWWWRRR.

-- I did say UVA's thrillingish win got little press because it was UVA-IU and not involving some of the bigger boys, but Pat Forde thought enough of it to give it a mention.  In kind of a unique way, actually.  I've always had this impression of Forde as a guy who's mostly interested in the top half of BCS conferences, southern teams in particular, and occasional nods to the absolute worst of the worst.  So it's nice to get a call out.  Special mini-joke: Rating Michigan's comeback over Notre Dame a "Joe Montana" on a scale of 1 to 10.  I don't know if he did that on purpose or not but it's moderately evil and I like it.

-- I'd keep writing but the Benadryl is starting to kick in.  It maks mee spel things funnie.

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