October 19, 2009

Reed still on radar

With Ohio State being firmly in the mix for some of the top uncommitted seniors in the nation, there just isn't a lot of room available at the moment in the 2010 class. That hasn't kept the Buckeyes from keeping tabs on local quarterback/athlete Verlon Reed from Marion-Franklin High School in Columbus.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect has had a big senior season so far for the Red Devils and he came up big again on Friday night in an 18-0 win over Eastmoor Academy. Reed rushed for a career high 230 yards and scored all three of the game's touchdowns.

"I'm really speechless," said Reed after the game. "I didn't expect that. When you work hard all week and prepare and practice hard to go against the defending state runner-ups in Division III, you'll get things like that where everything comes together as a team."

On the recruiting front, many schools have inquired about the talented athlete but right now just three have extended offers.

"Right now I have Kent State, Toledo, and Bowling Green," he explained. "Ohio State is basically knocking at the door. I know that TCU and Miami (OH) have called down, my coach told me about those two."

Reed's size and athleticism make him an intriguing prospect from the standpoint that he projects well to multiple positions on the football field. Because of that, schools are recruiting him at a variety of positions.

"All of the MAC schools are saying they want to put me at quarterback," Reed explained. "Some of the bigger schools are recruiting me as more of a receiver or defensive back."

Ohio State would fall in the latter part as Reed is being recruited as more of an athlete.

"We're still communicating," said Reed of the Buckeyes. "They're basically recruiting me as an athlete. I know they have Terrelle Pryor down there and I don't really have a problem with (switching positions). I just want to have a shot at playing quarterback. If it doesn't work, I would gladly switch positions."

While Reed doesn't want to tip his hand too much, it's clear than an OSU offer would carry some weight.

"I would definitely keep them at high consideration," he said. "I've been a Buckeye fan my whole life but I also can't just turn my back on the other teams that are recruiting me. They have been calling me all of this time but it's all about decision making. I need to go on some visits and make sure that I am making the right decision."

Most, if not all, of Reed's visits will likely come after the High School season has ended and before the bowl season starts in college football.

"I've got one in Toledo in December," he said. "They really want me to come out and visit (in December) so I can spend more time with them instead of going there during the season. I'm also going to Bowling Green in December."

For now, Reed's primary focus is on leading Marion-Franklin back to the playoffs. A season ago, he led the Red Devils to the second round before falling to Columbus DeSales. With a record of 6-2 so far this season, two wins to finish out the regular season would likely be enough to secure another playoff berth.

"We just need to stay focused at the task at hand, stay humble and work hard," Reed said. "We've got Briggs next week and they have improved so much this year so they are going to come in with a chip on their shoulders. I'm pretty sure it will be a physical game but if we come out and play our game I think we'll come out on top."


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