19 Players in 19 Days: Devin Reece

The forth in our series covering the 19 commitments for the Ball State Football Class of 2014.

Another player that was able to help guide his team to a new level of success as a prep player is Devin Reece, a 6-2 200 WR from Westfield, IN. Reece, who caught 73 passes for 1,016 yards and 15 TDs helped lead a perennially downtrodden program in the Indianapolis suburbs to the state championship Game in Class 5A and a 12-2 overall record.

Reece shows on film to be a great get for the Cardinals. He is long, lean and athletic and passes the eye-ball test for a college WR. At 6-2, he is a better than average sized receiver and he has the speed and high-pointing ability to get up and snag balls in coverage and stretch defenses.

Strengths: Reece is a big play guy. He has solid speed and a big frame that is capable of getting even bigger. Reece has good hands and natural talent and instincts as a receiver. He has the ability to up for the ball in traffic and get it at its highest point over smaller defenders. He also has the ability to take contact on the catch and use his frame to shield off defenders when covered. His size and speed will be assets in working against press coverage as well.

What He Needs to Work On: For Reece, it will be the little things that will make him a better receiver, and in my opinion, a All-Mid American Conference level player. Can he learn the subtleties of getting separation, will he be able to effectively learn to sink his hips and get out of his cut quickly? He also needs to continue to work on blocking downfield. He has the physical tools and the attitude and work ethic to get it done.

I firmly believe that Reece has the ability to play right away. He brings big play capabilities to a somewhat thin receiving corps. His good size and speed make for a field stretching complement to Jordan Williams and KeVon Mabon on the outside. He will probably serve as a backup role, but I feel you will see him on the field. He also served time as a DB a year ago, which means special teams will certainly be in his future as he earns playing time on the second unit.

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