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Redmond ready for UGA official

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Four-star defensive back Will Redmond of Memphis East, a longtime Mississippi State commit, isn't taking this weekend's official visit to Georgia lightly.
"I know a lot about Georgia already as a school," Redmond told Rivals.com. "Right now, I'm just visiting to see how it is when I meet people. I'm going to see what the school has to offer - and what the differences in those schools is. I'm weighing all my options."
Although Redmond, a 6-foot, 179-pounder whom Georgia is recruiting to play cornerback, has never been to Athens, he has followed the Bulldogs program for years. In fact, he said he has been a Georgia fan "since I was old enough to watch football and understand what's going on."
Secondary coach Scott Lakatos is Redmond's primary recruiter at Georgia.
"I like him a lot," Redmond said. "He's real cool. He's more of a laid-back coach. He's not always talking about football. He's a more personality-type coach. That's what I like about him. I'm real excited [about visiting Georgia]. I was telling Coach today, I can't wait. I can't wait to get down there and see it."
Redmond, who pledged to Mississippi State in August, will official to Starkville on Jan. 13. He plans to also take "two or three more" officials, with Notre Dame, Tennessee and Vanderbilt being the most likely destinations, he said. This month, Redmond has had in-home visits with Georgia, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
The question Redmond constantly gets is this: If committed, why take visits?
"I want to make sure I'm 100 percent … I want to be sure of what decision I've got to make," Redmond said. "I don't think [a school] ever wants to say they're happy with their recruits taking visits. But I think [Mississippi State] really understands where I'm coming from."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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