Feature Spotlight: Jaylon Redd
Pos: WR H: 5’8” W: 180
Hometown: Carson, CA (Rancho Cucamonga)
Highly recruited out of high school, Oregon Ducks wide receiver Jaylen Redd ranked as one of the top athletes in the state of California. Rated as the No. 8 athlete by Rivals and the No. 14 overall athlete in the state by ESPN, Redd received a lot of attention from recruiters as a four-star prospect. Not only was he a lightning fast offensive threat, but he excelled on the defensive side as a natural ball hawk.
The four-star’s size makes it hard to fit in as a top end corner at the college level, but his speed and athleticism definitely translate. At the end of his senior year 247Sports ranked Redd as the 188th player in the nation. The athleticism he showed made top schools all over the nation believe he had the talent to play at a high level on Saturdays. Top schools like Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan and just about every other Pac-12 school you can think of came knocking his way. That is at least before finally deciding to join high school teammate, Thomas Graham Jr. at Oregon to wear the green and yellow.
During his time as a Duck, the speedster has been multifaceted as both a receiver and a runner. Redd really began to break out his sophomore season as a slot weapon for quarterback Justin Herbert. With the loss of wide receiver Dillon Mitchell, reining Pac-12 yards leader, there’s a gapping hole to fill on the offensive side, production wise. Coming into his junior season, Redd is primed to help fill Mitchell’s shoes and lead a wide receiver core that struggled at times in 2018.
(2017) GP: 10 - REC: 5 - YDS: 59 - YPR: 11.8 - TD: 1 - YPG: 5.9 - ATT: 9 - YDS: 63 - YPA: 7.0 - TD: 1
(2018) GP: 13 - REC: 38 - YDS: 433 - YPR: 11.4 - TD: 5 - YPG: 33.3 - ATT: 3- YDS: 22 - YPA: 7.3 - TD: 1
(Total) GP: 23 - REC: 43 - YDS: 492 -YPR: 11.4 - TD: - 6 YPG: 21.4 - ATT: 12- YDS: 85- YPA: 7.1 - TD: 2
- Named one of top 100 recruits on the west coast by Tacoma News Tribune
- Invited to play in Under Armour All-American game
- Los Angeles Times’ All-Star
- First-Team All-West Valley Division
- First-Team All-West Valley Division
(2018) Week 1: W 58-24
Redd broke 2018 open with a bang scoring two of the Ducks’ seven offensive touchdowns against Bowling Green. You might as well have called him “The Big Hurt” because all he did was hit home runs. Two receptions and two touchdowns later, Redd gashed Bowling Green for 81 yards, averaging 40.5 YPR. Oregon’s offense let it fly week one and Redd was the recipient of two Herbert dimes to help lead the Ducks to a season-opening victory.
The physical talent Redd possesses on the field is undeniable. As a high-schooler, he was a dominant force on both sides of the field. As a junior, he ran for 671 yards and nine touchdowns while adding 232 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Multi-tooled, Redd was potentially more valuable as a defensive back. While accumulating just over 1,000 total yards and 12 offensive touchdowns during his junior year, the Rancho Cucamonga cruiser combined for 63 tackles and three interceptions.
As a senior, Redd transitioned to more of an offense role. In his final season with the Cougars, Redd became the lead back, running for 1,693 yards and 25 touchdowns; finishing the season with 2,101 all-purpose yards and 31 touchdowns. He wasn’t completely limited to just offense as a senior for the Cougar. On special teams, Redd was as dynamic as they come, taking two punt returns and one kick return to the house as a senior.
Transitioning to college ball, his play-making ability remains just as evident. Instead of making plays in all three phases of the game, his sights have been turned towards sharpening his tools at the wide receiver position. Redd and the rest of the receiving core at Oregon have big shoes to fill with Mitchell joining the Minnesota Vikings; fortunately he looks prepared to do just that for the Ducks in 2018.