Nick Redmond of Harrison Central is a member of the WLOX-South MS Living "Elite 11"

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

LYMAN, MS (WLOX) - You can't miss Nick Redmond, he stands 6 feet, 6 inches and tips the scales at 314 pounds.  Big number 79 has taken full advantage of his size developing into one of the premier offensive linemen in the state. He says another plus is his ability to take in what he learns.

Redmond explained, "I listen. I can read, I'm quick at reading to what they're doing."

Redmond closed the door on any possible recruiting battle for his services. Nick made an early verbal commitment to the Mississippi State Bulldogs of head coach Dan Mullen.

Redmond says the decision was easy, "I've had a lot of family go there I think I came up with about 11 of my family that has gone. I've been going up there my whole life."

Harrison Central High School has a new head football coach.  He's Sheldon Black. He's well aware of the talents of Nick Redmond. Black is entering his 15th season with the Red Rebels, having served as a long-time assistant coach.

Black says Redmond is special, "His work habits have been a great thing. He's got good feet. He's strong and he's a student of the game. He's a leader on the field and off."

Coach Black says his Red Rebels need help on the defensive line, and he's looking at Redmond to play some defense.

"We're working it for him to play both sides of the ball this time. We've just got to get in shape and hope that we can hold up," Black said.

Redmond admits the heat has taken a toll on his body and mind, but he's willing to battle in the trenches, whether it's on the offensive or defensive side of the football.

Redmond said he likes the challenge, "Makes me feel good. Makes me feel like the coaches believe in me. It's going to be hard but I'm willing to work into it."

Redmond says he'll do whatever it takes to help Harrison Central crack the state playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Last year Redmond was a major factor in helping the Red Rebels post 9 wins and 3 losses and a trip to the 6A State playoffs.

His goal in 2010?  Redmond belted, "Be Number One!"

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