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The Detroit News continues its countdown of the top 15 Blue Chip recruits for 2017 with Jordan Reid of Detroit Cass Tech at No. 9.

Jordan Reid developed into a Detroit News Dream Team player after transferring from Chippewa Valley following his freshman year, then only playing the role of placekicker in his sophomore year at Detroit Cass Tech.

Of course, Reid could only bench press 130 pounds when he first arrived at Cass Tech. Head coach Thomas Wilcher, his staff and Reid’s teammates helped him in the weight room, resulting in him getting stronger and starting the last two years as a two-way linemen.

Now, standing at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, Reid — a three-star recruit — is ready to take his talent to Michigan State, where he will play for the Spartans. He earned a spot on The News Dream Team and is No. 9 on the Blue Chip list.

Reid narrowed his top five to Michigan State, Michigan, Florida, Tennessee and Pittsburgh before picking the Spartans.

“When I got offered by Coach D (Mark Dantonio) when I first came to Michigan State I just knew it was the place I wanted to be, just felt like home,” Reid said. “Throughout my high school I went up there at least 20 times, football games and unofficial visits. I just felt really comfortable.”

Reid was offered by MSU last February, committing during The Opening in Oregon in July, just prior to his senior season. He played in the Offense vs. Defense Bowl in Atlanta in late December, playing alongside his Cass Tech teammate, quarterback Rodney Hall.

No doubt, Cass Tech’s 49-20 rout of Detroit Catholic Central in the Division 1 state title game at Ford Field was a big highlight, helping the Technicians pile up 383 total yards from his offensive tackle spot while making a tackle for lost yardage on the defensive side of the ball.

The state title game win was especially satisfying for Reid who was forced to suffer heartbreak his junior year when Cass Tech lost to Romeo 41-27 in the state championship game.

“When I first started my senior season, I really wanted to grasp my mind around the senior aspect of playing the last game as a high school athlete,” Reid said. “I’d say the high school moment of my life was when we played at Saline because that was a nail-biter. That’s the closest game I’ve ever been a part of, as far as the score being so close, going down to the last minute.

“That was probably my best game, too. When we won the game I just realized we really just did what we had to do, came together as a team. That’s when I realized the state championship was ours.”

Reid had multiple pancake blocks in the 43-42 comeback regional title win at Saline when Hall converted a fourth-and-four play near midfield, then scored on a three-yard option run and connected with Donovan Peoples-Jones for the winning two-point conversion.

Donovan Johnson was the beneficiary of those big blocks by Reid, rushing for a career-high 292 yards against Saline, scoring on runs of 47, 7, 80 and 71 yards.

Cass Tech went on to defeat Utica Eisenhower, 32-28, in the semifinals the following week, again needing heroics by Hall who threw a 20-yard TD pass to Peoples-Jones with 25 seconds left.

Reid feels proud to have played a role in giving Hall time to lead the winning drives. And, Wilcher has nothing but praise for Reid.

“Jordan’s strong, lean, fast and aggressive, just a hard worker, a blue collar-type kid who is always on the go," Wilcher said. "He didn’t give up a sack all year.”

And, now Reid is looking forward to his future at MSU, and the Spartans' recent struggles haven't soured him.

“There’s always room for improvement and we have a good recruiting class," Reid said. "I’m going to do whatever I can to help them improve."

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DETROIT NEWS BLUE CHIP LIST COUNTDOWN

No. 9: Jordan Reid, OT, Detroit Cass Tech (Michigan State)

No. 10: Deron Irving-Bey, DE, Flint Southwestern (Michigan)

No. 11: Phillip Paea, DT, Berrien Springs (Michigan)

No. 12: Hunter Rison, WR, Ann Arbor Skyline (Michigan State)

No. 13: JaRaymond Hall, OL, Oak Park (Michigan)

No. 14: Scott Nelson, S, U-D Jesuit (Wisconsin)

No. 15: Rodney Hall, QB, Detroit Cass Tech (Northern Illinois)

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