2020 offer Mark Redman on new Aggies TE coach Finley, A&M recruitment
Included among the things associated with the Jimbo Fisher era of Texas A&M Football is a tight end-centric offense. Jace Sternberger proved as much last season, the Aggies signed two of the nation’s best at the position in 2019, and they hope to follow that by adding California prospect Mark Redman in 2020.
A&M has only offered three tight ends in this class and even though it seems to be a bit of a down year in terms of numbers at the top of the position, the Aggies appear to need at least one strong signee from the group. Redman holds more than 20 offers and some have him pegged as an early Washington lean, but he said he’s not close to making any big decisions just yet.
“I’m open to going anywhere,” he said. “East coast, west coast, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC, it’s all open … I haven’t started narrowing anything down yet, but I’d like to get a top group of schools together before the season starts.”
Redman has been made aware of the role tight ends play in the Aggies' offensive scheme and said that he feels new position coach Joe Jon Finley has shown how much he would like to work with him. If A&M gets the same sort of production from the position that it did last season, that could be a crucial selling point for Redman.
“[Finley] was in California, down by our school, so it was pretty cool seeing him in person and getting to meet with him,” he said of picking up his A&M offer. “They’ve sent me some videos of what they do offensively. Obviously, it looks like it would be a good fit, but it’s something that will be fun to watch with what they come back with next year.”
The only visit that Redman has on the books this spring is to Washington next month. He said that the A&M staff has made it clear that it would like to see him in College Station sometime soon this offseason.
“I definitely feel like they want me to come out and visit,” he said. “I definitely would like to go out there sometime this summer if I can make it work, too.”
Finley is being watched closely by Aggies fans after he’s been tasked to fill the role of Tim Brewster, who was not only A&M's former tight ends coach but one of the staff’s top recruiters. As all the teams working on Redman await which direction he chooses to take his recruitment, Finley appears to be doing his part to keep pace with the competition.
“Coach Finley has been communicating with me a lot,” Redman said. “He’s a good guy, he keeps in touch, and he’s real with you. I’ve liked talking with him so far.”