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National Signing Day 2014: Welcome to Penn State, Troy Reeder

The best defensive player in Delaware is officially one of James Franklin's sons.

Via Mike Pettigano @
Via Mike Pettigano @

Troy Reeder committed to Penn State back on February 26, 2013. So it's been some time. In speaking to him, he was certainly upset when Ron Vanderlinden decided to step down from his post at PSU. Coach Vanderlinden was one of the big reasons he came to Penn State in the first place, so Coach Franklin and Coach Pry did some solid work to keep him on board. It's a good thing too, because Reeder has the chance to be something special.

If you watch him film (linked below), you'll see that Reeder flies to the football. He plays with incredible instinct, and has a great knack for finding the quickest path to the ball. I have a feeling he will remind some Penn State fans of Michael Mauti, thanks to this killer instinct and his sure tackling. In fact, he was such a standout during his senior season at Salesianum (DE) this past season, that he was named Delaware's High School Defensive Player of the Year (You'll probably recognize the guy who won Offensive Player of the Year also.

Troy truly can do it all from the linebacker spot. He's big enough (6'2", 230 lbs) to make the big hit and eat up a blocker. He also possesses great speed for a linebacker, allowing him to chase down ball carriers. Troy seems destined to be Penn State's middle linebacker of the future, and could end up etching his name in with the all time greats if he can translate what he did in high school to college.


247Sports: 3 stars (#27 inside linebacker, #2 player in Delaware)

Rivals: 3 stars (#32 inside linebacker, #2 player in Delaware)

Scout: 3 stars (#17 inside linebacker)

ESPN: 4 stars (#25 outside linebacker, #2 player in Delaware)

Other Links of Interest:

Troy Reeder Commits to Penn State

An Interview with Troy Reeder

Troy Reeder on MaxPreps (high school stats)

Troy Reeder on Hudl

Troy Reeder's Official Penn State Football Profile

Follow Troy on Twitter, at @troyreeder9.

Welcome to Penn State, Troy!