When current and former NFL stars are the ones teaching tricks of the trade and little tweaks to refine technique, it is best to pay attention. For Oregon commit and rising offensive lineman Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos), soaking up knowledge is a regular thing.
Redmond put on a strong showing at The Opening last week and walked away with some new weapons in his arsenal. Led by former Ohio State star and NFL veteran LeCharles Bentley and former Florida All-Americans and current NFL stars, Mike Pouncey and Maurkice Pouncey, Redmond embraced the advice he was given.
"It was a great experience. To have former All-Americans and NFL All-Pros teaching me their old tricks is something I'll never forget. I learned a lot about what I was doing wrong and how to improve my stance, my hands and my footwork," Redmond said.
The mental aspect of the game is always tough for offensive linemen, as they must fully engage on every play. That might have been what Redmond took away from all-star event in Beaverton, Ore last week.
"They taught me how to prepare myself for each play and engage mentally before the snap. Once you learn how to approach the game mentally and have your body properly set, your instincts kick in and you can dominate your man," Redmond said. "I had never looked at it the way they do, but I see how it has worked for them, so I'll be working on that before I get to Eugene."
Redmond was impressed with a number of his peers throughout the event.
"Some of those guys were amazing. Ira Denson and Denver Kirkland are both amazing to watch. Tyler Lancaster did a lot of great things as well. They were all good but those guys really stood out. I'm just glad I was able to compete with them and show what I can do," said Redmond, who earned his share of praise as well.
Along with Redmond, the Oregon Ducks were represented by two other commits, who Redmond was excited to meet and compete with.
"I met Dontre [Wilson] and Darren [Carrington] there and they are both cool guys and amazing athletes," Redmond said. "I can't wait to play next to those guys. Having a guy like Dontre behind me in the future will make my life easier. One little crease and that kid is gone."
Another player who stood out to Redmond is a familiar name to Ducks fans and recruiting fans everywhere.
"Eddie [Vanderdoes] was easily the best defensive lineman I faced. He is so strong. He put me on my butt the first time we went at it but I feel like I came back fairly strong the next time we faced off," Redmond said. "We were hanging out one day and he told me he liked the Oregon shirt I was wearing. So I told him he would have a bunch of Oregon shirts if he made the right choice when he commits. We'll see what he does, but going against him every day would be incredible."