Late-blooming lineman one to watch

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Due to his intense off-season training, along with a bit of a growth spurt, Elijah Reed feels like a different offensive lineman now.

Needless to say, Elijah Reed is now anxious to showcase his new skills at Aurora (Colo.) Vista Peak this fall.

I grew an inch and now I'm 6-foot-4, 290-pounds. Last season I played at 300. I have put on a lot of muscle while losing fat,” Reed told “When I looked at my film from last season, I didn't like my feet and that has been what I've been working on the most.

I have been working out here (Six Zero Strength) for almost five months now. It is high intensity but I've learned the key for me is mind over matter. In the beginning, I tried to coast through workouts. Matt [McChesney] brought the aggressiveness out of me."

Reed plays both ways at Vista Peak but projects as an offensive tackle for the next level. He camped at both Wyoming and Colorado in June.

Coach [Klayton] Adams, the offensive line coach at CU, put me through a workout because he wanted to see my footwork,” he said. “I actually really like CU. I have heard great things about it and obviously working with Matt, he is a big CU guy, so I hope to hear more from them.

I am also definitely interested in Wyoming. Being up there for the team camp that weekend, I really liked the tone up there. They want their offensive linemen to be very aggressive so I liked that. I don't have any offers yet but there are a couple other schools recruiting me as well.”

Reed will get his first opportunity to showcase his new frame and improved skill set in game action when Vista Peak opens the 2016 season at Erie on Sept. 2.

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