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National Signing Day 2016: Traveon Redd Enrolls Early at Wake Forest

Traveon Redd, a 3* Safety and member of the 2016 class, has enrolled early at Wake Forest.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Traveon Redd is officially a Demon Deacon.

That statement isn’t anything new, however, and you might have already been aware of that. The 3* Safety from Magna Vista, VA committed to the Deacs over the summer and was one of the six members of the 2016 recruiting class to enroll early this January. Redd is ranked as the 885th best player in the country in the 247sports composite and a top 30 player in the state of Virginia.

Traveon was not short on Division 1 options when he chose to commit to the Demon Deacons on July 31. He ultimately finished with 17 scholarship offers from schools such as Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Vandy, NC State, Maryland, and West Virginia. Despite all the Power 5 interest, the coaching staff and the strong academics were two of the main reasons he ultimately decided Wake Forest would be the best place for him to pursue his football career.

In his senior season at Magna Vista, Redd was a first team All-State 3A selection and Piedmont District Defensive Player of the Year. While he was recruited as a DB, he also managed to earn honors on the offensive side of the ball, being named first-team all district his senior year at WR. His final high school season also featured some team success, as Magna Vista defended their 3A state title crown in which he had an INT and TD in the game.

Redd was listed as one of my top five players in the 2016 class who could play significant minutes next season. Given the fact that Wake is losing S Zach Dancel to graduation this offseason, I can absolutely see Redd competing for the starting Strong Safety role next year given his early enrollment. His ball-hawking ability and hard-hitting tendencies will add spark to a defense that was desperate for turnovers in 2014. Being able to work with the Wake Forest coaches six months earlier than expected should only improve that.

Big things are to come from Mr. Redd in the Black and Gold and I personally can’t wait for his career to begin here in Winston-Salem. Welcome, Traveon!