January 20, 2013

Kent State hits a recruiting hotbed for latest commit

New head coach Paul Haynes has been putting in long hours at Kent State has he gets acclimated to his new role as head coach and also has lead recruiter as the Golden Flashes look to put together a solid class for 2013. On Saturday afternoon the Kent State family welcome a new pledge with Darius Redmond out of Miami (Fla.) Northwestern high school who committed during an official visit to Kent State.

The 6-foot-1, 210 pound inside linebacker admitted that he had never been to Ohio before getting on the plane to visit the Golden Flash program but was very excited once he had a chance to look around and get to know the new staff before giving his commitment.

"It (all went down) yesterday during the basketball game," Redmond said. "I told them I wanted to commit right now because I felt like I was at home."

Haynes was recruiting Redmond at his previous stop of Arkansas and when Haynes left the Razorbacks program he continued to stay in touch with Redmond and asked him to be a member of the Golden Flashes. Redmond picked Kent State over offers from Youngstown State and Howard and was receiving interest from a couple more programs as well.

"(Coach Haynes) was always straight forward and I stayed in contact with him the whole time," Redmond said. "He was really calm, cool and collective and I liked that."

Redmond admitted he didn't know much about Kent State before Haynes took the job.

"I didn't know anything about them at all," Redmond joked. "I had to do some research on the computer once they started recruiting me. When that happened I learned about Dri Archer and some of the other guys and saw the bowl game."

For a player out of South Florida the change in climate will be a challenge but not anything he can't overcome but don't expect him to be loving the cold weather at first.

"I had to wear a jacket and had to cover my face and keep gloves on when I was there," Redmond said.

The new Kent State commit was told that he better be ready to come in and compete.

"(They told me) I could come in and play right now because they are losing two linebackers and I should be ready to compete for a spot right now," Redmond said.

Redmond is happy to have the process over with and is overjoyed that the process is over and he now knows where he will call home for the next several years.

"It is a relief not to be stressing about where I will be going and it is a huge weight off of my shoulders," Redmond said. "I feel good about it."

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