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Redding has UCF on top

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Junior receiver Keithon Redding of Decatur (Ga.) Columbia didn't think much of it when Central Florida receivers coach David Kelly showed up at his school last week.
But then Kelly stopped by again another day. And another.
"He came to my school three days in a row," Redding said. "I talk to Coach Kelly almost every day. I know he really wants me."
The affection is mutual.
"UCF is my leader right now," Redding said. "They talk to me about playing time. I can make an instant impact on the field. They've got a good program, but I don't know much about them."
UCF is one of several schools that have offered Redding. That list includes traditional powers such as Alabama and Penn State, along with Arkansas State, Kent State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Southern Miss and UCLA.
"I think people will be surprised they're my favorite," Redding said.
According to Redding, he has not yet visited UCF but plans to do so this summer.
Whom is Redding's current No. 2?
"Alabama is after them," he said.
Thus far, Redding has visited Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech. In addition to UCF, he hopes to make his way to Arkansas State, South Carolina and Tennessee in the coming months.
Auburn, Georgia, Florida State, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina and Tennessee are among the programs that have stopped by Redding's school in recent days. He thinks he has a shot at landing offers from the Seminoles and Gamecocks.
"Florida State came to my school to talk to my defensive end [Jhaustin Thomas]," Redding said. "I was talking to them and they were talking about an offer. South Carolina came to my school and I talked to them, too. I'm pretty sure they're going to offer."
Redding said it is unlikely he will make a commitment anytime soon.
"I really don't know when I'll do it," he said. "I don't want to make a commitment too early and change my mind. I want to make sure it's the school I want to go to."
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