Lawrenceburg QB Club honors EHS senior Redd

By Allen LaMountain


   After a season of leading the Elizabethton Cyclones in tackles -- and boo-yah hits -- EHS senior LB/TE Vince Redd was honored as the East Tennesse Player of the Year by the Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club.
   In addition to being named by the QB Club, Redd was also named to the Mountain Lakes Conference first team as a LB, and was named to the TSWA All-State team.
   Redd helped lead the Cyclones to an 8-4 overall mark, which included a playoff win over Cocke County and a disappointing loss in the muck at Morristown West.
   His senior season was a success for Redd as he established himself -- at 6-7, 260 pounds -- to be in a class by himself at the prep level most of the season.
   Redd also played the TE position offensively for EHS and he caught 21 passes for 310 yards and scored four touchdowns. Redd also returned a kickoff for a score and had a pair of fumble return touchdowns as well.
   "It's quite an honor for Vince," said Tommy Jenkins, EHS head football coach. "The Lawrenceburg Club is one of the premiere prep clubs in the state. For Vince to be named amongst the top three players in state is obviously an honor."
   The Lawrenceberg club has earned the reputation as the number one prep school club in the state, and each year, the club recognizes the state's most outstanding football players in each geographical area of Tennessee, East, Middle and West.
   The honorees this year were Redd, out of the east region; OL/DL Steve Jones, from the middle region out of Brentwood Academy; and LB Daniel Brooks, who as chosen from the west region.
   Brooks played at Jackson Central Merry, and is considered the top prospect in the state.
   These three guys were also chosen as the top prospects in the state by the Knoxville News Sentinel.
   Redd, who is currently considering Virginia, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, South Carolina and the University of Tennessee as places where he will further his education - as well as provide the university he chooses with a top-notch football prospect as well.
   Redd has visits scheduled for UT, South Carolina and Arkansas set for January, and he has already paid a visit to both Virginia and Virginia Tech, so the rest of the year will be a busy time as Redd maps out his future.
   Redd, who fully intends to play both football and basketball at the next level, has not been discouraged in that pursuit by any of the schools that Redd has visited.
   Redd is currently averaging 14.2 points-per-game as the EHS post man as the Cyclones extended to a 7-0 won-lost mark by sweeping Montgomery Bell Academy and Sycamore in a recent trip to Nashville.
   Past winners have included: Jason Witten, Al Wilson and Cedric Wilson. A banquet was held Tuesday Night in Lawrenceburg and the guest speaker was Philip Fulmer.