This commitment intrigues me for a variety of reasons. First, Ohio State under Jim Tressel seldom goes after city league kids. When a kid from Columbus gets a scholarship offer from Ohio State, he’s usually coming from the Ohio Capital Conference and, thus, is more accurately from Dublin or Westerville. Verlon Reed comes from Marion-Franklin HS, which is in the Columbus City League along with schools like Beechcroft, Brookhaven, Independence and Eastmoor Academy. The last class to feature a city league kid was 2004. That class actually had a few city league kids, but outside of Dionte Johnson (Eastmoor), you probably wouldn’t remember any of them (Erik Haw, Independence; Sirjo Welch, Beechcroft). I’m not sure what the reason for this is. If forced to guess, I think the staff just must not feel that there’s good enough football being played in the city leagues to merit many scholarship offers. Further, I think there’s qualification issues that emerge with some of the city league kids during the recruiting process.
Second, Verlon Reed is listed as a quarterback but I’m not entirely sure if the coaching staff is serious about him as a quarterback at the next level. If Taylor Graham does not have the unnerving injury history that he has, I’d be 100 percent confident that he would be playing a different position at Ohio State. However, with that on the table for Ohio State, it appears Verlon Reed will at least get his first look at the quarterback position. Whether or not he stays there remains to be seen.
Reed had other offers from Toledo, Bowling Green and Kent State. His only other BCS offer was from Syracuse. It’s hard not to like the kid when he volunteers a quote like this.
“(Ohio State) everything I expected, it’s a home inside a home,” Reed said. “It’s a dream come true, something I wanted to do my whole life.”