Sunday, January 13, 2013
LB Tanner Reeves talks about Buffalo visit
By Corey Long
Defensive end Tanner Reeves (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) decided to take the 1,300-mile trip from Florida to Buffalo to check out the University of Buffalo program but the 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior will not make a decision yet.
Reeves has an official visit planned to Western Kentucky for Jan. 25. He was originally recruited by the old staff with Willie Taggart, but his father, Mike, says Bobby Petrino has picked up where Taggart left off.
“Coach Petrino called us during his first couple of days on the job and he made it clear that Tanner is a big priority in the class,” Mike Reeves said. “That made us feel pretty good, and he’s a heck of a coach.”
As for Taggart, common thinking is that South Florida would be looking at Reeves, but the Bulls' depth chart at defensive end is pretty secure.
“Tanner is a hybrid, could be a defensive end or a linebacker in a 3-4 so if USF was playing a 3-4 they would be looking him,” Reeves added. “But Taggart runs a four-man front, so it’s not the right fit.”
As for the trip to Buffalo, father and son were impressed.
“It’s a tremendous program and we were really impressed with head coach Jeff Quinn,” Reeves added. “He’s a great guy and he’s doing it right there. They are going to have a lot of success this year because the young guys are coming along well.
“Buffalo is definitely going to be considered. They showed us a lot this weekend.”
Reeves said that other programs continue to reach out including Florida International. The Golden Panthers recently hired Ron Turner.
“FIU is calling the house [on Sunday], but we’re here in Atlanta at the airport, so we won’t get back to any school until later this evening,” Reeves added.