Tight End Explains Tech Commitment

Darius Redman

Woodson High (Washington, D.C.) tight end Darius Redman flipped from Virginia to Virginia Tech last week, and he made the commitment to the Hokies despite never visiting the campus. See what Redman had to say about his decision to change schools.

After committing to Virginia in the summer, Darius Redman re-thought his decision and opted a place he hasn't been, but also a place that feels incredibly at home to him.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Redman, a tight end from Woodson High (Washington, D.C.), committed to Virginia Tech last week, where he will join Woodson High teammate Adeboye Aromire in the class of 2011 with the Hokies.

"I think that Virgnia Tech is a better place for me and I have a better feeling about the school," Redman said. "It's the best place for me. It's the school itself, the history, and we had a couple of players from Woodson go there.

"(Aromire) played a pretty good roll in it, and he was telling me about the school and stuff like that."

Redman gives the Hokies three tight end commits in the class as he joins Christian Reeves and Chris Hall, but he isn't concerned about it.

"I love competition," Redman said. "That's all I can say."

Redman built such a strong relationship with the coaching staff he made a commitment despite never being to Blacksburg, Va. His first trip there will be Jan. 21, when he begins an official visit.

"I really haven't heard anything about the campus," Redman said. "Adeboye told me it's a great place, great atmosphere, and has great people."

Given the way the Hokies approach offense, Redman said he can produce in a big way.

"I think I fit into the offense perfectly, in a tight end set and as an H-back," Redman said. "I'm a down-the-field tight end and can stretch the field, linebackers, corners. I think I block very well. It's something I worked pretty hard at."

Redman used to play receiver at Cardoza High (Washington, D.C.), but he transferred to Woodson for his sophomore season and was moved to tight end.

"When I was at Cardoza, I weighed 190 pounds," Redman said. "When I got to Woodson, I started lifting weights. I'm now 240, and it's all muscle."

The toughest part about choosing Virginia Tech was calling Virginia to de-commit, but it went as well as could be expected.

"I talked to (receiver coach Shawn) Moore," Redman said. "He just was telling me that whatever I think is the best for me, than to do that, and he wished me the best of luck. And I have a lot of respect for the way he handled it."

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