Matter of Minutes

If just a few more minutes had elapsed, Taige Redman might have been an Ohio Bobcat. Instead, the timing worked out just right for him to pursue his lifelong dream of playing for West Virginia University.

"I was getting ready to sign with Ohio U this morning," Redman told in an exclusive interview. " I had the paper out. As I was getting ready to sign it, one of our assistant coaches, Scott Furey, got a phone call from Jeff Casteel. He put me on the phone, and Coach Casteel asked me what I was doing, and I told him I was getting ready to sign with Ohio. Then he told me they had a scholarship for me. I knew I was second in line behind Laud, the linebacker from New Jersey, but that call kind of came out of nowhere.

"I just didn't know what to say. I was speechless for a minute. And my heart immediately jumped, because that's always been my dream, to play for West Virginia."

Redman was so excited that he wanted to make sure it really was Casteel on the phone, and that the offer was legitimate as well.

"I kept asking Coach Furey, 'Are you sure that's him? Are you sure that it's a scholarship offer?' I kept on saying it and asking him," he said with a laugh.

Once the verbal offer was in place, it took Redman just minutes to seal the deal. He received a Letter of Intent from West Virginia, signed, it, and boomeranged it right back to the Puskar Center. It didn't matter that he was a step behind another offer, or that he probably wouldn't have gotten the offer if Laud committed to WVU.

"That doesn't matter to me at all," he said of the perception that he might be viewed as a 'backup'. "I knew I was probably second in that line, but it just happened the way it did. I don't have any hard feelings or anything like that. Now I have to go out and perform and do the best I can."

Of course, with all the joy came a bit of pain, as Redman had to notify Ohio that he wasn't coming. Actually, he didn't have to call them at all, but he chose to do so – a demonstration of his character.

"I talked to my coach at Ohio, and explained that I got an offer from West Virginia, and that I was taking it," he said. "I'm not sure he liked the news, but I had to do what was best for me. I've always wanted to play for West Virginia, and I couldn't pass that up."

Redman will complete his senior season with a busy sports schedule, including basketball and spots on Keyser's track sprint relay teams. He'll then enroll at WVU for the summer session.

"I'm looking forward to staying in contact with the guys I met in the recruiting process, and getting to know all the new guys," said Redman, who was a frequent visitor to Mountaineer Field this fall. "Like I said, this has always been my dream. I think it's going to be great."

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