Thursday, July 25, 2013
Gators add ESPN 300 DE Justus Reed
By Derek Tyson
Just one day before Florida's Friday Night Lights camp, the Gators picked up their second commit in as many days. Thursday night, ESPN 300 defensive end Justus Reed (Clearwater, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) gave his pledge to Florida head coach Will Muschamp.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete chose the Gators over offers from Florida State, Louisville, Ohio State and Miami among many others.
Reed, the No. 262-ranked player in the country, said he has always been a Florida fan.
"It's been my dream school since I was a little kid," Reed said. "I just felt it was right and the right time to do it. I feel really confident and happy about my decision. I just felt it was the right time to do it.
"Just being a Florida boy and growing up around here, there are a lot of people in my area that are big Florida State fans, but after Florida won those two national championships, I've been a really, really, really big fan of theirs and have always dreamed of playing there."
Reed said Muschamp was excited to learn of his decision.
"He was really excited -- he was happy for me," Reed said. "He said they were recruiting me as a defensive end/outside linebacker and all that. He told me he was really excited. He pretty much just welcomed me to the family."
As for what kind of player the Gators are getting, Reed said he will be a beast on the field.
"I'm fast, smart and I'm going to get a lot bigger," he said. "He told me before my freshman year I should be at 245, so I have to put on a lot of weight. I will be a good student off the field and a beast on the field."
If he does continue to add weight, he could be a force on the next level.
"Reed needs to keep filling out his frame but is a good DE prospect with the tools to be a productive college defender," his ESPN scouting report said. "With added size he can be a tough run defender and disruptive pass rusher."
The Gators now have 12 verbal commitments, including seven that are in the ESPN 300.