• John Macon Gillespie

Dynamic Duos: St. Martin's Wayne Overman III & Kalem Reddix

St. Martin’s duo of Wayne Overman III and Kalem Reddix have been teammates since the 7th grade. This fall could be their final season as teammates. With all their goals still in front of them, the time to win is now.

“We’ve always had the mindset of finish strong. We’re going into our senior year pushing for rings,” Reddix told SES Mississippi.

Overman says the duo is trying, “to do something different at St. Martin.” And he understands exactly what it will take from him to reach their goals.

“We just have to connect this season,” the talented quarterback said. “Kalem wants the ball, to make plays. He is consistent when it comes to making plays.”

Last season Overman threw for 1,752 yards and 17 scores, while rushing for another 1,148 yards and 16 touchdowns. Reddix caught 44 passes for 815 yards(18.5 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns. He added another touchdown on the ground and picked off three passes on defense. Despite their best efforts and a nine-win regular season, the Yellowjackets missed the playoffs.

The way the season was cut short, along with the desire both have to be great players, has kept them busy this offseason.

“I have been working on my routes, getting out of my breaks and timing with Wayne,” Reddix explained.

While Reddix has spent time with Mississippi Grind, a travel 7-on-7 team, Overman has been camping and looking to catch the eyes of college coaches. Reddix has been doing the same on the 7-on-7 circuit.

“I’ve been with MS Grind since they started when I was in eighth grade. I’ve played with lots of top recruits and players that are now playing D1 ball at big colleges. It’s shown me what I need to do to get to the next level and what I need to do when I get there,” Reddix said.

“My best memory with MS Grind is when we were in Tennessee a couple of months ago. We were down by a touchdown and an extra point with two seconds left. We threw it up to Cam Akers and he came down with it and everyone went crazy because we had won and were moving on to the championship.”

The time spent with Mississippi Grind should serve Reddix well at Southern Miss, where he committed to play back on April 7th.

As for Overman, one camp that he’s been to this Spring was the Fortius Project at Petal on March 5th. He left as a member of the all-combine team and impressed the whole day. Whether he was throwing deep or throwing on the run, he had the look for a big time college quarterback.

“It was really good,” Overman said of his experience at Fortius. “We threw a lot. that was a good part about the camp, and the competing.”

On June 4th the Fortius Project will be invading the Mississippi Gulf Coast as it will be at Biloxi. Though Overman is still unsure if he will be able to make it, Reddix is ready to shine at the event. He plans to show off the skills that made him a top priority for the Golden Eagles and many other schools.

“My strengths are my catching abilities and getting yards after the catch. Schools tell me they like how I have size, speed and good hands,” Reddix said.

Looking ahead to their final season, Reddix feels the key to he and Overman getting their rings will rest on the shoulders of some of the younger players.

“We have to bring the young kids up and teach them a lot before the season comes if we want to accomplish our goal,” He stated.

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