If fans had to do a bit of a double-take when they heard the offer list for Maurice Reevey, few could blame them. As a senior at Highland Springs HS in Highland Springs, Virginia, he was a relative unknown on the high school scene last year.
Reevey transferred into Highland Springs at the beginning of his junior year. Originally from New Jersey, Reevey moved down to Highland Springs with his mother and brother to escape the distractions of his former home.
“When Maurice came to us, he had a few academic concerns because of some distractions he had at his old hometown,” said Highland Springs head coach Scott Burton. “He could not play football his junior year because he was ineligible. He finally became eligible his second semester and played basketball.”
Once his senior season came around, Reevey did not become a part of the football squad until the Thursday before the start of the season. At 6-4, 225 pounds, he is big and very fast but very raw.
Coach Burton recognized Reevey’s outstanding athletic ability, however knew he needed more coaching to realize his true potential.
“Maurice really wasn’t sure what to do out there last year,” said Burton. “I mean, he only became a part of our team the night before our first game, so we basically just put him out there at a spot and told him to play. On the second series of the game, he intercepted a pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. That was all on athletic ability alone. Maurice is probably at 25 or 30 percent of what he could become.”
This year Reevey will attend Fork Union Military Academy’s post-graduate program, where he will play defensive end under coach John Shuman. He has worked extremely hard to improve his academics and is very close to qualifying fully for NCAA eligibility.
He is looking forward to an opportunity that was not there two years ago.
“I drove him up last week, and he’s still kind of scratching his head,” said Burton. “I told him, ‘what a difference a year makes.’ He’s excited but it’s all a bit overwhelming, considering where he has come from in the past few years.”
Even more overwhelming are the four scholarship offers he has received before starting at Fork Union.
“Virginia Tech, Tennessee, West Virginia, and UNC have offered him,” said Burton. “Virginia loves his athletic ability and is very interested in him as well. He has no clear leader right now. He’s done...
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