Kendarius Reddick becomes highest-rated recruit in UCF football history after Saturday’s commitment

Thomas County Central defensive back, Kendarius Reddick, has committed to the University of Central Florida after decommitting from Auburn over the weekend.

While he is listed as an athlete on most recruiting websites, Reddick played on both sides of the ball for the Yellow Jackets, playing wide receiver and defensive back while also returning kicks.

As a 4-star, Reddick is now the highest rated recruit in UCF football history, according to 247Sports. He was the 64th-ranked player nationally and 12th-ranked player in the state of Georgia in a highly touted 2025 class.

“He was the quarterback of the defense, he is a very sharp football IQ guy and was such an emotional leader for us as well,” said Thomas County Central head football coach Justin Rogers.

The Thomasville-native had been committed to Auburn since October of 2023 and announced his decommitment from there Saturday with his commitment to UCF while at the Knights Junior Day.

In the last two seasons, Reddick and the Thomas County Central football program have won a state championship, two region titles and have posted a 27-1 record with their only loss being to Roswell in the 2022 quarterfinals.

The 5’11”, 170-pound defensive back helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 15-0 state championship season in 2023 as they defeated Woodward Academy 49-28 in the finals.

“He was a natural leader for us,” said Rogers. “His great personality matches his great work ethic because he is such a competitor. What you see on Friday nights is the same thing you’ll see on Monday afternoon at practice.”

After having multiple offers from Power 5 schools, Reddick will join former Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, who will be heading into his fourth year with the Knights football program.

“He’ll be a solid player for them and be able to contribute in various ways. He will be a great locker room guy with a great personality that draws people in while he does things the right way and models the behavior you want as a coach,” Rogers added.

Reddick will look to make an immediate impact to the Knights defense which finished fifth in the Big 12 in total defense.


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