Buckeyes Get Commitment from Verlon Reed

Posted by Vico in Recruiting |

Verlon Reed
Verlon Reed
It’s been slow going in Ohio State recruiting this campaign. Barring an exodus of transfers and early entries into the NFL, Ohio State just wasn’t going to have many spots open in a class that’s nearly full.  Still, the Buckeyes got an early holiday treat by securing the commitment of Verlon Reed, a quarterback from Columbus Marion-Franklin HS.

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.”

 

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Vico is the nom de guerre of the founder and current website chair of Our Honor Defend. He is currently living in exile in Alabama.

 

4 Responses to “Buckeyes Get Commitment from Verlon Reed”

  1. 1 Ken

    What’s the skinny on Verlon? Is he in the mold of a Troy Smith’ish athletic QB?

  2. 2 Kyle

    I watched a video of him on this site and he actually looks pretty solid (http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-football/Verlon-Reed-highlights-1-57627;_ylt=AkPCckn_wlXvDkHPMVoLMBpHPZB4). He has good speed (similar to Troy) and nice touch on the deep pass.

  3. 3 JIM RHOADS

    I HAVE TO SAY THAT I THINK THAT THIS IS A GREAT MOVE. FOR YEARS WE HAVE WATCHED KIDS FROM OHIO GO TO OTHER SCHOOLS AND PLAY GREAT A WE ALL KNOW THAT THEY COULD HAVE PLAYED FOR THE BUCK IN C-TOWN. HE MIGHT REALLY TURN SOME HEADS., HOPEFULLY THOSE OF OUR OPPONENTS. THANX-GO BUCKS

  4. 4 JOHN

    ive went to schoo wit verlon he is a great kid an he is fast it looks likehe is joggin but he can throw the ball an he is good on his feeet i think he will be a QB for osu look out michigan

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