Tylen Redding looks to become an Impact Wideout like older brother Teo |
Teo Redding had a successful football career at Warren Collegiate High School at the wide receiver position. Redding hauled in 15 touchdowns his junior year, and received all-state honors in 2013. His athletic dexterity and tenacity on the field earned him a scholarship offer from Bowling Green (OH.), where he'll play for the next four years.
But back home in Michigan, Redding's brother Tylen is also looking to make a name for himself at receiver with Warren Mott. Tylen is 6-1, just 150-pounds, and possesses the same type of skills as his older brother. Like Teo, Tylen is a tall but thin wideout who's athleticism is off the charts.
"Going to get the football in the air or my hands are what I do best," Redding said. "People compare me to Teo a lot because we play similarly. Plus I'm taller than he was when he was in 10th grade. He (Teo) always gives me advice, telling me that I have to be quick & explosive off the line on every play. And that if I touch the ball, catch it."
Being the younger brother or relative of someone who has made an impact in a particular sport can come with a lot of responsibility and expectations. People will always compare Tylen to Teo, but that doesn't mean he can't exceed what his brother acheived on the field. Instead of attending Michigan Collegiate like his brother did, Tylen chose to play up the road at Warren Mott, hoping to carve his own path.
"I wanted to make my own mark, and I didnt want to be in my brother's shadow", Redding said of his decision to attend Warren Mott. "I'm just striving to be better than he was."
Redding will move up to varsity this season for the Marauders, as they open up against Troy Athens tomorrow night. He's only a sophomore with no varsity experience, so to prepare for the grind of the season, Redding says he has attended camps, and strength and conditioning sessions at his school Sunday through Wednesday. He has also worked on his route running and and catching during the spring and summer.
Redding also plays with Maximum Exposure during the off-season, a travel 7-on-7 team composed of some of the best talent in the state.
"It was good playing with Max Ex," he said. "It made me a lot better with my hands & quicker, and the competition was always great."
Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Indiana, & Bowling Green have all inquired about the talented sophomore, Redding indicated. He has a few years left until he graduates, but schools will be keeping tabs on Redding, monitoring his growth and production.
"They've just been saying that they're going to keep in touch with me during the season & told me to keep working hard," Redding said.
He'll need to continue to add weight, and strength in order to play at the next level, but the potential and bloodlines are certainly there.Tweet