Playing on the varsity level was a bit of an adjustment, Thomas Dale (Chester, VA) sophomore CJ Reavis admits.
“I’ve always been bigger than everybody else in my class, but when I got to high school, people were faster and bigger,” Reavis said. “I worked hard on my fundamentals, like my backpedal. After a while, I started showing what I could do.
“I knew it would be hard, but I kept working.”
Reavis, a linebacker/safety for the Knights, tallied over 80 tackles in eight games as a starter this past season. His breakout performance came in a 14-0 loss to Hermitage in the Central Region playoffs.
“It was one of the coldest days I’ve played on, but I played one of my best games in one of the worst conditions,” said Reavis, who tallied 17 tackles in the losing effort. Hermitage features one of the country’s top 2013 class running backs in Derrick Green. “Our coaches had the right schemes. I just did what I had to do.”
College coaches knew about Reavis prior to the 17-tackle performance, but recruiting interest took an upswing following the effort. A few months later, the 6’1″, 195-pound sophomore claimed his first offer.
“Virginia Tech was actually my first offer,” Reavis said. “My family was really excited. Our coaches were excited. I prayed for a college offer, and I got it.”
Since Virginia Tech came through, Reavis has been offered by Virginia and N.C. State. The latter offer actually came last night. Boston College and Michigan are showing strong interest as well, and one or both could offer soon.
Virginia Tech is in strong position at this point, but don’t expect a commitment this spring or summer. Reavis does not consider UVa a longshot, but he did say the Cavaliers are “a little bit behind” the Hokies right now.
“Tech is definitely the frontrunner of the schools that have offered,” Reavis said. “My dream school, though, is South Carolina.”
Reavis was born and raised in Chester, Virginia. He has family in South Carolina, though, and his mother and an uncle attended the University of South Carolina. A plus for Tech right now is the fact that Thomas Dale senior Desmond Frye, a close friend of Reavis’, signed with the Hokies this past February and will be a freshman safety this season. Also, “Tech does fit very well with my playing style,”...
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