Ben Redington was a sophomore at Rochelle Township High School when his older brother Danny committed to play football at Wisconsin-Platteville two years ago. Now a senior, Ben decided he will also continue his football career after high school, and he’ll be playing roughly three hours north of his brother.
Redington has committed to playing football at Wisconsin-Eau Claire next year. The senior tight end is one of four Rochelle players to sign on with a college program, joining James Hart (North Central College), Noah Knight (Norwich University) and Greg Ricketts (Central College). Redington played four years of football at RTHS.
“I chose UW-Eau Claire because of the winning culture the program is working hard to create,” Redington said. “I really bought into that culture because of the realistic goals the program has set over the four years I’ll spend on the team. I’m looking forward to coming into fall camp this August and competing to move up the depth chart and make a difference early.”
Redington dressed for three years on the varsity team, primarily logging minutes at the tight end position while also filling depth at outside linebacker. The 6-foot, 175-pounder became a full-time starter at tight end his senior season, and his improvement over the years has drawn praise from Rochelle head coach Kyle Kissack.
“Ben has grown tremendously in regard to the physical and mental aspects of the game,” Kissack said. “He has always been a kid who finds a role and really grinds that role out. Even after his senior season, he’s been continuing to do that in our offseason program. He continues to find ways to get better every day, and I’m excited for him to play at the next level.”
Redington said he’ll be playing the H-back position with the Blugolds, and he said he plans to study exercise science in order to pursue a career in strength and conditioning with a college athletic program. He said he hopes to improve his receiving skills and build on his blocking abilities.
“Playing football at RTHS has prepared me for college because it has provided me with a solid understanding of what it means to play hard, tough football,” Redington said. “There’s no shortage of that at the college level.”