While the breaking news of the hire of Jeff Grimes to be the offensive coordinator dominated the BYU football news cycle, 3-star athlete Larenz Redd of Manteca, CA committed to come play football for Kalani Sitake and co. He just finished his junior year and will be available to play come the 2019 football season.
Redd announced his commitment via a video on his twitter account:
The 5-9, 170 pound Redd told 247 Sports that he was told by Kalani and defensive backs coach Jenaro Gilford that BYU hopes to see him making plays on offensive, defense, and special teams. When watching his highlight film, it is easy to see why the coaches hope for this outcome.
Redd shows multiple skills on both offense and defense. As a defensive back, he is able to make plays on balls in the air as well as shows promise as a tackler in space. Offensively, he hits holes hard shows really good vision as he changes directions and follows blocks. In the film, multiple times a defender had a good angle and Redd still would beat them for a large gain. Not only did he show that he can use his speed to run past people, but he also ran through contact in short yardage situations.
BYU always needs more players capable of playing multiple positions and adding athleticism to their football program. We may see him used in similar ways that they have used Austin Kafentzis, plus probably seeing Redd on the defensive side of the ball. It seems that they may have found someone who can help make plays in multiple areas as well as pushing other players when he is able to come on campus.