We are now just 48 hours away from National Signing Day, and Urban Meyer has landed another major recruit for the 2012 class. Despite narrowing his choices down to just two main schools, Ohio State and M*chigan, in recent weeks, I had remained hopeful but not optimistic about this young man becoming a Buckeye. Armani Reeves, a high school teammate of Camren Williams, whom OSU recently stole from Penn State’s commitment list, also decommitted from the PSU program. However, unlike Williams, Reeves did not have an early offer from the Buckeyes, and had been heavily recruited by TSUN.
However, in his recruiting blitz over the last month, Meyer reached out to Reeves about coming to Columbus, and obviously made an impact on the young athlete from Massachusetts. Reeves was very involved in all aspects of the game for his high school team, and is listed by ESPN as an “Athlete,” and is clearly a playmaker no matter where he is on the field. So who is Urban’s latest recruit out of Catholic Memorial High School?
Weight: 185 lbs
Hometown/School: West Roxbury, MA/Catholic Memorial High School
Position: Athlete / Cornerback
ESPN Scouting Report 06/07/2011:
Reeves is one of the better skill prospects in Massachusetts for 2012 and a productive player in all three phases of the game. He lacks great height and coveted length at the position but is well-built for his size and scrappy. Quicker than fast and has better short-area recovery burst than long speed. Would like to see him improve his recognition skills but is well versed in coverage. A solid competitor who plays with the feistiness and moxie you look for in a cover corner. Opens, turns and transitions smoothly and shows very good recovery quickness in man coverage. Hips are fluid. Tends to get caught out of position but breaks quick, sharply and with direct angles to the ball. Can press and play physical as well for his shorter frame. However, we have concerns about his ability to match up versus today’s taller college receivers.
Shows good ball skills but is not a great leaper to help mask his marginal height. Underneath he displays good closing burst and explosion out of his pedal. Will come up and pop receivers out on the perimeter and limit yards after the catch. A solid tackler who drives through but needs to become a bit more consistent as a wrap-up tackler and overall on run support. While his technique and recognition skills can continue to improve, Reeves does find the ball quickly in coverage and is active in run support. Has not been challenged often at the high school level and may take a bit of time to adjust to the increased speed of the college game.
Notes: No longer committed to Penn State (January 2012)… Committed to Penn State August 2011… 2010: Posted 1,279 all-purpose yards and 16 total touchdowns. ESPNBoston.com All-State selection… Prep teammate, four-star linebacker Camren Williams, also committed to Penn State…
Armani Reeves, as you read above, has some areas to improve in the fundamentals of his game at the BCS level. However, this young man is blessed with tremendous quickness and athletic ability, so some time with the new cast of OSU coaches, namely Bill Sheridan (DB Coach), and Reeves’ skill set should continue to increase exponentially. Like many others in this class, I expect Reeves to make an immediate impact on special teams. His natural ability with and without the football in his hands is enough to warrant kick/punt coverage and return duties.
Despite being listed by Scout.com as the #6 overall CB in this class, I do not expect him to surpass Bradley Roby or Travis Howard on the depth chart, but could see time on the field in relief of those players, especially before Big Ten play begins. There is also the chance, with the recent removal of Roger Lewis (WR) from this year’s commitment list, due to grades, that Reeves could see time on the offensive side of the ball in Meyer’s explosive new spread offense. Either way, this first cousin of Charles Barkley (yep, it’s true) should be a name to know for the next few years in The Shoe.
Welcome to Ohio State, Mr. Reeves.