Former St. Martin wide receiver returning to football in 2018

For Kalem Reddix, the talent has always been there, but when it came time to sign with Colorado State his grades weren’t and that was back in 2017.

Now more than a year removed from his last down of organized football, the former St. Martin standout has a new home and he’s ready to remind everyone why he was once one of the nation’s top receivers not too long ago.

As is the case with many top recruits out of high school, Kalem Reddix dealt with a lot of in-decision as an upper-classman at St. Martin. “I was more caught up in like who has a big school, who has a big field, nice field, nice uniforms, but when it comes down to it that doesn’t mean anything.”

From commitments to Southern Miss and later Colorado State to nearly joining the military and then enrolling in classes at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Reddix was a hard guy to keep up with and never once saw the field in 2017. “I cried a couple times watching games happen because I loved the game so much, and just seeing that it made me work harder and work harder each and every day. And people, I had doubters each and everywhere, but I also had people helping me up to build my self-esteem back up. But honestly, I look up to the Lord, and now that’s what I got. My self-esteem back right, I’m back pushing.”

That newfound swagger eventually landed the former yellow jacket a shot at redemption, his last chance if you will at East Mississippi Community College. “I wasn’t really caught up on the reality show; I was just more into it with the coach. He’s a great coach, and I’m expecting him to do great things as I work hard and he can get me out.”

A former three-star product according to ESPN, Reddix still has plenty of Division I upside. Even Nick Saban was curious enough to invite him up to Tuscaloosa for a private workout on Saturday. “The trip to Alabama, that just excited me when Coach called me. So I was like oh man, like I’m being noticed. Yeah, so I’m back on the map. And I was excited to go up there, and I can’t wait to go there and show them what I can do.”

What he can do has never been in question, but the fact remains he hasn’t done what he can do in a while to which Reddix says ‘challenge accepted.’ “Yeah, I fell off the map but now I’ve got a lot of eyes wide back open. A lot of people are like welcome back, I’m glad you’re back. But I thank them, and then to all of the people that doubted me I’m just like, I really don’t pay no attention to them. They just give me more motivation to go harder each and every day.”

Joining Reddix on the unofficial visit to Alabama is former teammate and Mississippi State commit Brandon Cunningham, a four star recruit per ESPN.

Former St. Martin and Biloxi standout Donte Starks, a four star linebacker, will be making that same trip to T-Town next week.

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