Jordan Reed, QB out of New London HS (CT) has decided to cast his lot with the Gators and I have seen first hand what the hard-charging Reed brings to the table.
He was at Florida's "Friday Night Lights" and he demonstrated the intangibles that most college coaches in America are looking for. He was first in line and he was actually helping organize other players for drills.
These may seem like little things, but to show that kind of ownership and leadership (when you are an 18 year old high-school kid who doesn't know anybody) means a lot.
But there have been several "good kids" with good leadership skills who haven't panned out in the pursuit of major-college football. Jordan Reed is not one of them.
In addition to seeing how well he moves around and how strong and accurate his arm actually is (at FNL), I have been able to see some game film as well. Let's just say that the verdict is a good one.
Below is a quick breakdown of the Gators latest verbal.
Size--has the size of a LB (sound familiar) and that will translate into solid durability in a system where the QB must be able to hold up. Reed has the physical tools of a RB in that he has a very strong lower body and an above-average upper body. He certainly doesn't mind contact but will need to curb the desire to seek it at the next level.
Speed--has uncanny speed for someone so physically-gifted. Accelerates well through tight spaces (and has the strength to run through people), and can run away from defenders at the 2nd and 3rd levels. May actually play faster than he times (4.59).
Leadership--is the unquestioned leader of his huddle and his team. Nobody talks when he is talking and he clearly has the respect of his peers. But the fact that he is such an effective vocal leader is the direct result of his actions. He truly is a walking cliche: He shows up early and leaves late, and he does not take plays off.
Experience--you would never be able to tell it by watching him play and even interact with teammates and coaches, but Reed has not been playing football long. Florida's system is not overly-complex, but he will have a good bit of information to digest. The good news is that he plays in a spread offense in high school, although it's not quite as elaborate as the Gator's.
Jordan Reed is a tremendous pick-up and is a tremendous talent with unlimited potential. But, what Mr. Reed brings to the Gators far transcends production on the field. He is a solid citizen who is always going to do the right thing, and he is a winner.
Burke Hayes is the Southeastern Regional Manager for Football Recruiting at Scout.