Virginia Tech Class of 2018 Prospect Profile: Antwan Reed

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Antwan Reed is one of the top offensive linemen on the board for Virginia Tech in 2018. (Photo via @antwan_reed on Twitter)

On Tuesday, we profiled wide receiver Darryle Simmons, who will be visiting Virginia Tech this weekend. Today, we’ll take a look at a prospect who has already visited in offensive lineman Antwan Reed.

Reed is listed at 6-foot-4, 287-pounds and is a 3-star recruit (247Sports Composite) from Muskegon, MI. Reed started his high school career at Muskegon, and was teammates with 2017 signee Kalil Pimpleton. Reed transferred to IMG Academy in Florida for his junior season, but transferred back to Muskegon in October 2016 and was eligible to play right away.

Currently, Reed has 13 reported scholarship offers, including schools like Michigan, Penn State, Florida and Georgia. He’s rated as the 25th-best offensive tackle in the country and the 53rd-best player in Michigan.

Reed manhandles most of the kids he’s blocking on his film, which is a good sign. He’s taller than just about every defender, but still is able to get low and maintain leverage. Reed shows the ability to get to the second level as well, despite his massive frame.

 

 

However, a few things concern me on tape. Reed doesn’t show that certain level of nastiness that you see in a lot of offensive linemen. He also looks slow to react in pass protection, which could hurt against speed rushers off the edge. Reed plays left tackle for Muskegon, but might be a better fit at right tackle at the college level.

Despite those concerns, I think Reed is a solid recruit. He blocks well in the run game and uses solid technique. With that frame, if Reed is able to take a year or two to develop his body, he could be a monster on the offensive line.

Virginia Tech doesn’t recruit a ton of players from the Midwest, but Muskegon has the chance to develop in a mini-pipeline of sorts. Pimpleton signed in 2017, and his friend and teammate Andrew Ward was really high on the Hokies before ultimately signing with Nebraska. Reed visited on Feb. 18 with two teammates —Ladarius Jefferson and Eli Jackson. Neither has a Virginia Tech offer at this point, but the Hokies are obviously drawing interest from that school.

Reed has drawn significantly more interest than his teammates, especially from Michigan and Penn State. Reed also visited Florida while at IMG Academy and picked up three offers in February. He seems to be near the top of Virginia Tech’s board on the offensive line, along with in-state tackle Nana Asiedu. Aidan Rafferty, John Harris and Jordan McFadden are also some names to keep an eye on. Virginia Tech only signed two offensive linemen for the 2017 class, and will likely sign four to five in this class.

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