March 8, 2014

Commitment Analysis: Sheldrick Redwine

West Virginia picked up its tenth commitment of the 2015 class when Miami (Fla.) Killian defensive back Sheldrick Redwine gave his verbal pledge to the Mountaineers.

Redwine has the combination of skillset and size to play a few positions in the defensive backfield. Most of his high school tape shows a bigger corner who runs fluidly while maintaining the hip flexibility to change direction with his opponents. His body build would make you think that he could move over to safety, but he will need to improve on his tackling in run support to do so. Redwine is very aggressive in press coverage and uses his size and strength to overpower wide receivers. He also breaks off blocks easily and could help stop opposing running games if they try and break out wide.

Immediate Impact:
Redwine's impact will be measured by his development over the course of the next 16 months. You can clearly see the potential of the 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect, but he is still a little raw. You have to like the fact that his highlight tape also includes play making ability on special teams. He could fill in nicely on either side of the punt, kick off or return teams. In a pass heavy conference like the Big 12, there is little doubt that once Redwine gets a grasp of the defensive scheme that he will be able to break into the rotation for playing time.

Fitting the Program:
It seems the days of five-foot-nine corners are done in Morgantown, outside of an obvious special exemption. More and more WVU is targeting bigger corners who are much closer to 200 pounds and over six-feet tall. Redwine is just that and more. He isn't just tall at six-foot-two but he plays a physical brand of corner that frustrates timing based offenses. If you need proof look no further than what the NFL champion Seattle Seahawks were able to do to the record breaking passing offense of the Denver Broncos and their future hall-of-fame quarterback Peyton Manning.

Recruiting the Position:
Redwine is the third defensive back commitment in this class joining Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely Kevin Williams and Miami (Fla.) Miramar Kendrell McFadden. Along with that trio of talented Florida defensive standouts, twin brothers Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin Jordan and Jaquez Adams are listed as athletes who could very well start out on the defensive side of the ball.

The Mountaineers appear to be far from done recruiting the defensive back position. West Virginia still appears to be in play for Damascus (Md.) Jalen Christian, Lakewood (Oh.) St. Edwards David Dowell, Johnstown (Pa.) Kareem Gibson, Washington (DC) Gonzaga Marcus Lewis, Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Josephs John Reid, Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley Jordan Whitehead, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Tyson Cisrow. WVU is also looking to try and flip Florida State commits, Miami (Fla.) Miramar Tyrek Cole and Miami (Fla.) Miami Central Calvin Brewton.

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