After visiting State College last weekend for Junior Day, Troy Reeder pulled the trigger Tuesday, committing to play for Bill O'Brien and crew.
Troy Reeder, ladies and gentlemen!
Home/HS: Wilmington, DE/Salesianum School
Weight: 232 lbs
Starz 'n Sheetz
Stars: 3*: Scout, 247, NR: Rivals
Offer Sheet: Boston College, Miami, Maryland, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Pitt.
Troy Reeder was already high on Penn State, but last weekend just confirmed it: he wanted to be a Nittany Lion. For Bill O'Brien, Junior Day continues to pay dividends, as Reeder's commitment comes right on the heels of Nick Scott's. This wasn't the first time Troy had visited State College--he camped here over the summer, and was on the sidelines for the White Out game against Ohio State in October.
While Scott was an under-the-radar recruit still picking up interest, Reeder's a known commodity who was one of the hottest linebacking prospects in the northeast. Just how good is he? Well, as a junior, Reeder was not only named an all-state performer on both sides of the ball, but he was named the state defensive player of the year, despite missing four games due to injury. A standout at running back as well as linebacker, Reeder also had a scholarship offer from UNC to play lacrosse. I bet we won't hear about that every single time Reeder makes a tackle over the next 5 years.
Reeder already has a prototypical middle linebacker's body, and he's still a junior in high school. He certainly projects to fill that position at the next level, which helps to fill a need for Ron Vanderlinden's unit, but he has the athleticism to play outside, if needed--or if Brandon Bell crowds him out of the MLB spot. His coach offered a scouting report:
"What makes Troy truly special is his versatility. He has the size and toughness to take on a blocker, the speed to pursue across the field, and the athletic ability to cover a receiver."
And that versatility will be even more important given the scholarship crunch that Penn State's operating on. There's still about eleven and a half months before Signing Day 2014, but #DoWorkBOB is in full effect. In Reeder, he just might have found the next standout at Linebacker U.
Welcome to Penn State, Troy!
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