Trieu: MSU-bound Reid ‘checks every box’ as OL prospect
Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman Jordan Reid had offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, West Virginia and more, but according to him, his decision to commit to Michigan State, which he announced last Saturday while in Oregon for The Opening Finals, was not a difficult one.
"The decision wasn't tough at all," Reid says. "I talked it over with my family and coaches for a while and all throughout the process, and chose the best fit with me as far as having to spend my time with the coaches and players for the next four years.
"They're a school in-state, it's close to home, I have a good relationship with Coach Dantonio, he's real laid back, and I enjoyed my time up there."
Going into The Opening Regional in Columbus, Reid faced the most talented group of offensive linemen at any of the regionals this year and one of the most talented ones in the history of the camps. Five linemen were ranked higher than him.
However, his performance was so good, he won MVP over those players and earned an invite to Oregon in the process.
It may not have been a sure thing going in, but by the time Student Sports Director of Football Todd Huber had seen Reid’s day of work, it became a certainty.
“I saw a kid who checked every box as an interior prospect,” Huber said, “coachable, great size and length, athletic, minimal bad weight, a great understanding of leverage, and most importantly tough and physical. I had high marks on his tape from last year, but in the Columbus offensive line group (six eventual invites), he really had to stand out to earn an invite to The Opening Finals, and he did just that.”
An injury kept Reid from fully showing his skills in Oregon, but he had a good first day of drills and one-on-ones. Based on what he has seen of Reid on film and in person, Huber believes the Spartans are getting an all-around great lineman and great fit for their program.
“I think he fits the Spartan mentality of late,” Huber said. He's a tough, grind-it-out kid who loves football more than what football brings him. But, he's probably a little more physically gifted in terms of measurables than the kids in the past few classes. I didn't get a chance to see a ton of him at the Finals due to him getting nicked up, but even so, he was awesome in the film room and in meetings. He’s a really impressive kid.”
Reid is the 15th commit for Michigan State in the 2017 class and the fourth from Michigan.
He was also the second player to commit to the Spartans at The Opening Finals, joining tight end Matt Dotson.
Four-star receiver looking to return to MSU
Cleveland Heights (Ohio) wide receiver Jaylen Harris, a four-star and one of the Midwest’s top uncommitted prospects, says he wants to make a return visit to Michigan State.
Harris (6-5, 200 pounds) has scheduled trips with Alabama, Penn State and Ohio State this month, and while he does not have a date for Michigan State yet, says getting back to East Lansing is a priority.
He also hopes to take all five of his official visits before making a decision.
Spartans part of Illinois end’s narrowed field
Huntley (Ill.) defensive end Olalere Oladipo named a top six of Michigan State, Penn State, California, lllinois, Duke and Indiana.
Oladipo (6-5, 235 pounds) hopes to make a decision before the start of his senior football season.
His next visit will be to Penn State this weekend. He last visited Michigan State for the spring game.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.