Keyser High School's Taige Redman has been on WVU's campus "a couple of times", but he saw some new sights to check out when he made the short trip from the eastern panhandle on Saturday.
"This time, I was able to get the full tour of the new locker room, which wasn't finished the last time I was there," said Redman, who carries a strong 200 pounds on his six-foot frame. "It is absolutely amazing. I've never seen anything like that in my life. And being on the playing field before the game was really cool, too. I talked to Reed Williams and some of the other players, and they were really classy. Sometimes, when you talk to guys, it's like they say, "I'm a Division I player; get away from me.' But at West Virginia they aren't like that. They talk to you just like you were their teammate."
That vibe continues through the coaching staff, which Redman is similarly impressed with.
"Coach Casteel is one of the main coaches I talk with, but I got to talk to Coach Stewart too. Coach Dunlap, and Coach Kirelawich and Coach Holliday are really great. They treat you with respect, and don't talk down to you or anything. I just have a really good time speaking with them."
"Ohio, Marshall and West Virginia are probably my top three right now, with the other two in there," he explained. "I don't want to broaden [the recruiting process] out too much, because that just makes the decision tougher. But most likely, I won't make my decision until after the football season."
By doing so, Redman leaves open the possibility of an offer form WVU, which wants to see film from his senior season. While that is something that's in the back of his mind, it's not what Redman is focusing on as his senior season prepares to unfold.
"I do think about it a little, but I need to have a good senior season and do everything I can to help my team win," he said. "I'll be sending West Virginia some film later this year, and I know they are waiting on that. They haven't said a whole lot about an offer yet, but when I met with Coach Casteel after seven-on-seven camp this summer, he told me he liked what he saw, so I know they are interested. I'm definitely interested in West Virginia too."
Up next for Redman is a Sept. 13 trip to Ohio University to see the Bobcats take on Central Michigan. That trip will follow the opening game of his senior season, which, oddly enough, comes against Moorefield – the alma mater of Reed Williams.
"I joked with Reed a little bit about Moorefield losing their opening game, and he took it well," Redman reported. "He's really a character, and a good guy."
Redman's unique first name (rhymes with "rage") is a product of his mom's creativity.
"Everyone asks me about it, but I have no idea where she came up with it," Redman noted. "It's not a family name or anything like that. It's just different."