OFFER WATCH '16: OL Peyton Reeder

Since taking over in Durham head coach David Cutcliffe has made it a priority to establish a strong offensive line. That effort continues in the class of 2016 where Duke has prioritized a handful of linemen early in the process. We sat down Peyton Reeder to discuss all this and more.

At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds it’s hard to miss Rome (Ga.) standout Peyton Reeder. And, to be fair, not many coaches have early in the recruiting process as several schools have jumped into his recruitment early on.

“I’ve been hearing from several schools including Duke, LSU, NC State, Auburn, UAB, and Georgia Tech,” said Reeder. “I’ve got an early offer from Mercer, and I believe that both Duke and Auburn are close to offering as well.”

Reeder visited Auburn unofficially and reported a positive experience. Meanwhile, he says Duke and Mercer have been the most persistent when it comes to contact.

“I’m talking the most with Coach Faris, my recruiting coach from Duke. He’s mostly been saying that they really want me to come up and visit. I went up for camp last summer, and when I was there he made it feel like I have known him for years. My position coach, Coach Latina, is also a great coach. He really motivated everyone at the camp.”

It seems as though the Blue Devil coaching staff’s efforts could pay off as Reeder believes he’ll be making another trip up to Durham soon.

“My plan is to visit again in a couple of weeks. One thing about Duke is the program is on track to winning the ACC and they just keep putting out great football players, and even if they don’t make the NFL, they are putting out doctors and lawyers.”

In general, Reeder says he’s approaching the recruiting process focusing on a couple of factors that each program will be measured by.

“I find myself paying the most attention to the coaches and how they treat not only me, but also the people around me. I also focus on the academics because I want to go pre-med in college. I’m really looking at how the coaches interact, because that’ll tell me if the University is a second home.”

Reeder also knows where to find counsel on the recruiting process.

“I will lean on advice from my head coach because he was very heavily retried coming out of high school, and has been through all of the situations I’m going through.”

Currently Reeder measures out at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds. He reports a personal best 40 time of 5.2 seconds. In the weight room the junior’s best numbers include a 260 pounds bench press, 450 pound squat max, and 250 pound power clean. On the field he’s recorded 36 pancake blocks on the season.

“I feel that my biggest strength on the field would be my quickness off the ball and my footwork, but I do need to work on pass protection to be successful at the college level since I come from a very run-based school. I worked hard this summer and feel that I’m a better player this year. The biggest improvement I’ve seen has been in my confidence in my ability to get the job done. I worked very hard on my fundamentals before the season.”

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