It was over his school’s winter break that Darius Redman seriously started considering a change regarding his college future. Ultimately, the 6-4, 240-pound tight end prospect’s decision to de-commit from Virginia and commit to Virginia Tech came down to a gut feeling. Redman made his decision public yesterday, when Tech coaches Bryan Stinespring and Kevin Sherman made the trek up to H.D. Woodson High School (Washington, D.C.).
“It was nothing against UVa,” Redman said. “I just feel Virginia Tech’s the better fit for me.”
Virginia Tech’s success at H.D. Woodson certainly didn’t hurt here. Former Crimson Tide quarterback Ricardo Young enrolled at Tech last January, and Redman’s classmate, Adeboye Aromire, is enrolling this month.
“I like the school in general,” Redman said of Virginia Tech, where he’ll make an official visit the weekend of January 21. “It’s a prestigious school. They also use the tight end in their offense. They use 2-tight end sets. And they’ve had a lot of H.D. Woodson players in the past like Josh Morgan, Ricardo Young and Boye (Aromire).”
Redman’s decision pleased the Tech coaches — “They were pretty excited,” Redman said. “They’re happy Virginia Tech is going to be the place for me.” — and surprised his good friend Aromire, a cornerback recruit for the Hokies.
“He’s excited,” Redman said, referring to his teammate. “We have first and second period together. All along, he has been saying I should come with him. I told him when he walked in class [yesterday]. At first he didn’t believe me, and then he saw Coach Sherman walking behind me.”
There are no hard feelings between Redman and Virginia.
“I told [UVa assistant] Shawn Moore and he was okay with it. Basically, he was wishing me the best of luck,” Redman said. “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a good man.”
Redman would like to enroll at Tech this month, though he learned yesterday that it’s doubtful because of the timing of his decision. He’ll give it a try, though, and should receive a definitive decision within a week’s time.
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