- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
A broken bone in his hand has not been enough to derail junior running back Devine Redding’s season. In Friday’s game, Redding rushed for more than 150 yards and three touchdowns.
And Redding (Mineral Ridge, Ohio/Mineral Ridge) capped his weekend with his first visit to Ohio State.
“It was amazing man to see Braxton Miller and see all them guys play,” Redding said. “The (Devin Smith touchdown) was crazy, the crowd was going wild, everyone was yelling and you couldn’t hear yourself think. I never knew the stadium was that big and crazy.”
It was the first time Redding, who already has an Indiana offer, was inside Ohio Stadium as he was not able to attend Friday Night Lights at the end of July. The 5-foot-10, 187-pound running back camped at Ohio State on June 23.
Following the game, Redding spoke to Buckeyes assistant Ed Warriner, who is recruiting him at Ohio State.
“Coach Ed Warriner was looking for me and said he finally got me to an O-State game,” Redding said. “We had a conversation for five minutes about the game. He said he wants me to send him my game tape and told me to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Through three games -- he missed Week 2 with the injury -- Redding has close to 500 rushing yards.
At his game Friday, Hoosiers running back coach Deland McCullough was in attendance. Redding will make it to Bloomington, Ind., in a few weeks when the Hoosiers host Michigan State on Oct. 6. He might visit West Virginia soon, as it is not too far from his Northeast Ohio home. Pittsburgh hosted him for a visit Sept. 1.
Stanford asked for Redding’s transcripts recently and invited him to a game. It is unlikely Redding will make a visit to Stanford, though.
“As far as academic wise, it’s a very smart school,” he said. “I know a lot of running backs came out of there.”
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