Southern Miss landed a verbal commitment from one of the top skill players in a talented 2017 class on the Coast.
St. Martin receiver Kalem Reddix verbally committed to the Golden Eagles on Thursday after receiving a scholarship offer from USM on Saturday during his visit to the Hattiesburg campus for Junior Day.
He chooses USM over Tulane, Troy, Louisiana-Lafayette and Jackson State.
"I wanted to make sure I went ahead and commit," Reddix said Thursday. "I didn't want them to think I'm iffy about going to Southern Miss."
When asked if his verbal commitment to USM was solid, he answered, "Yes sir."
"It was a good choice," the 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver said. "I felt it was my choice from the jump."
The rising senior is coming off a big junior campaign that included 44 receptions for 815 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Reddix has contributed on both sides of the ball at St. Martin, but the USM staff wants him at receiver.
"They love me," Reddix said. "They want me to come back in June for the camp."
St. Martin is expected to have an explosive offense again in 2016 with rising senior quarterback Wayne Overman III back in the fold. Overman holds offers from Navy and Army.
Reddix has big goals for his final season as a Yellow Jacket.
"First off, I want a championship," he said. "I'm also going to work on my speed and my routes."
Reddix, who is a three-star prospect according to Scout.com, plans on making a visit to Louisiana-Lafayette next Tuesday.
Reddix had the opportunity to sit down with first-year USM head coach Jay Hopson and he walked away feeling good about the Golden Eagles.
"He said he likes me as a receiver and he wants me to come up there and play for them," Hopson said.
New USM tight ends coach Desmond Lindsey is Reddix's recruiter.