Louisville Football hasn’t taken a day off in a week when it comes to adding players to next year’s class. Trevor Reid became the fifth offensive lineman to join the class in the last week and the second player to come from Georgia Military College in the last few days. Reid is a 6-5/265 pound tackle who took the JUCO route after high school in hopes to garner more interest from colleges. While he didn’t get a lot of attention from FBS schools, he did show out at UofL’s camp this past weekend and the staff took his commitment a few days later.
Reid is another JUCO prospect that doesn’t have the offers or rankings that you would like to see. I will say, however, that I like what I see on his tape more than the Marvin Dallas or Braden Smith. It’s been a lot easier to evaluate offensive linemen with the new staff than any of the other eight or so years I’ve been writing about this team. Every guy they’ve targeted has shown the same types of traits which shows that they know exactly what they want to fit what they do. Reid shows the same traits as the high school prospects they have landed. He can really get out and move down the field and he finishes blocks extremely well. As a tackle prospect he also has the length that they want at that spot.
I didn’t mince words in my post yesterday about this staff taking guys that seem like reaches and I don’t know how I really feel about them taking another JUCO “reach”. Reid isn’t as much of a reach in my opinion but I can’t help but wonder if they could have found a more proven commodity. At the same time it should be noted that this staff watched all of these guys in person before taking them in this class. It’s hard to imagine that their own eyes are deceiving them. They’re not just watching film or offering half the team when they visit a school. They are getting their eyes directly on these guys while also having some time to gauge their personalities and character. I still believe it’s too early to blindly trust the staff’s ability to evaluate these guys that are relative unknown recruits but the process they’re using to do so is what you’d like to see.
His high school tape is worth a watch, too.