Virginia Tech Scouting Report: Justus Reed

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Justus Reed
Justus Reed will bring some needed size to Virginia Tech’s defensive line. (Brent Bigelow)

New graduate transfer Justus Reed (DE, #4) is listed at 6-3, 270, which puts him in that James Gayle/Vinny Mihota range, which has been the exception lately for Hokie defensive ends. Unusually for a coveted defensive end, Reed lined up exclusively on the left side last year, away from the blindside of most quarterbacks. Left-side DEs generally lean towards the side of run-stuffer, but Reed banked 12.5 sacks (twelve solo and one assist) last year, good for fourth in the FCS.

Also unusual for current players in general, he graduated from high school way back in 2014. A spate of injuries over the years, including an Achilles tear in 2018, granted him two hardship years to go along with a redshirt year. This past season was the first full season he’s played in all those years.

Reed comes to Tech from Youngstown State, where he was coached by the Pelini brothers. Fans might not care for their antics, but Bo and Carl have a reputation for demanding that their players understand the game and play with discipline. Though the Pelinis’ 4-3 base is different from what Tech will run and has almost entirely