MORGANTOWN - Want a little scoop from West Virginia's spring drills?
Well, here's a dollop: Big redshirt freshman Russell Haughton-James is putting in some work as a backup center to Joe Madsen.
Haughton-James had been working as a right guard, but Madsen taught Haughton-James center techniques.
There is, however, a much larger, much more important tip in regard to Haughton-James. It's one that provides a ray of light within a college football world overrun by hypocrisy and cash grabs.
It is that life has been no snap for the almost 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman - yet his position with WVU has given him and his family a much-needed boost.
See, Haughton-James had moved from high school to high school in Florida - Cypress Bay, North Broward Prep, Western and American Heritage. He had a scholarship offer in hand from Minnesota.
Then the proverbial bottom dropped out. The bank foreclosed on the family house. Jerry Kill took over as coach of the Golden Gophers and killed Haughton-James' scholarship offer.
Enter WVU. Enter offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.
"Toward the end of high school, things got a little rough," Haughton-James said. "My dad, my step-mom and I were there. I have a stepbrother and stepsister that went with their dad [after the foreclosure]. My mom lives in Massachusetts."
The wagons were circled.
"It was a situation that brought me, my dad and my step-mom real close," Haughton-James said. "Through the hard times, we really stuck together. You know things will pick back up, but we really stuck together and really grew as a family. It was a good thing. But coming here with Bedenbaugh was a huge part of it. Him caring so much.
"He came to visit during the lowest of the lows and the highest of the highs. He's really a great guy."
The lowest was low.
"My senior year, when [Bedenbaugh] was recruiting me, he came and visited me," Haughton-James said. "Our house got foreclosed on. Yet he came and visited when we were putting all our stuff in storage.