Posted: 12:21 pm Thursday, April 7th, 2011
By Jeff Greer
The rumors about Glades Day quarterback Tanner Redish moving to Glades Central flew as far back as October and November. On Thursday, the rising senior made it a reality.
“I’m officially a Raider and enrolled at Glades Central,” the 6-foot-2 Redish said in a text message.
The two-time state champ at Glades Day said he and his dad recently established residence in Belle Glade and he switched to the public Glades Central. In football terms, this creates a quarterback battle between Redish and fellow junior Greg Davis, who backed up Jamarious Rowley during the 2010 season.
New Glades Central coach Roosevelt Blackmon did not answer calls looking for comment, but his team is loaded with receivers to whom Redish or Davis will throw, including BCS prospect Jaime Wilson, a 5-11 possession receiver with huge hands and a knack for getting open.
The move shouldn’t surprise either school. The players and teams regularly interact at weekend breakfasts and other events around town, making the transition between schools easier than many places. It also gives Redish the opportunity to play in a pass-heavy offense, which is different from Glades Day’s run-first approach, and will probably help him in getting recruited by colleges. He’s already heard from Purdue, Marshall and UCF.
“This year is going to be interesting no doubt,” Redish said.
Meanwhile Glades Day will hand its starting quarterback job to John Barr, who played when Redish went down with a broken collarbone late last season. Barr threw sparingly in the starting role, used primarily as a game manager and play-action passer, and was a backup in Glades Day’s Class 1B state-title win.
Glades Day coach Pete Walker, who lost standout receiver Davonte Allen to Glades Central before the 2010 season, said his team will just pick up and move on.
“We’ve got a very reliable quarterback in John Barr returning,” Walker said. “It’s always surprising when one of your players leaves. Tanner just felt like that’s one of the things he’s got to do. That’s all I really want to say about it right now.”