Cleveland Reed (Photo by John Garcia, Jr.)

Following weekend visit, Miami sits atop the list with four-star offensive lineman Cleveland Reed

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- The in-state Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators continue to battle for one of their top 2018 offensive line targets, Cleveland Reed, who has one program on top ahead of a summer decision.

The weekend was a busy one for Lakeland (Fla.) class of 2018 offensive lineman Cleveland Reed. On Saturday, he visited Miami (Fl) for the first time, with glowing reviews, before participating in the Under Armour All-America Camp in Orlando on Sunday, where his effort earned him a spot in the Under Armour All-America Game.

The visit to Coral Gables created a shift in the four-star's recruitment.

"Miami is number one. It's the U, they produce offensive linemen and have everything I want in a school," he said. "They show love and like I said at first, everything is like a family. 

"I was thinking about committing..."

Reed held off on making a verbal pledge at this time, but Mark Richt and his coaching staff set the bar high for others looking to host the rising-senior this spring and summer.

"When I went down there, it seemed like everybody was on the same page," he said. "The head coach, he's a cool dude and he made me feel like I was at home. Everything was down to earth. I like the offensive line coach (Stacy Searels), he's a great man and makes me a priority. When I came down there he made sure all eyes were  on me and that I was important. 

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"And the school, everything is right there. It's not small, but it's not like big schools and all spread out. Class is right there, the dorms are right by the practice field, everything like that." 

One reason a decision wasn't made publicly is because of a lack of visits under Reed's belt. The Miami trip was his first there and he hasn't yet seen the campuses of some of his other contenders to this point.

A plan to get out and see most of them before the start of the 2017 season has been set.

"By August I want to make that decision," he said. "North Carolina, I'm big on them, too, Ohio State and Florida. I need to take that school visit, I've actually been trying to get up to North Carolina.

"I've been to Florida, I actually love Florida, too, but when I went to Miami everything was real good."

Reed is also open to additional programs entering the race for his services and has his eye on a trio of programs he has been in communication with. 

"I want AlabamaClemson and Michigan," he said.


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