Breaking it down: Trovon Reed

Trovon Reed is Louisiana's top ranked prospect for 2010 and he hasn't given any indication as to which school he is leaning to. TigerSportsDigest.com breaks down the schools on Reed's short list in this new and exciting feature.

Trovon Reed

Location: Thibodaux (La.)

Current Size: 5-11/175/4.4

Position: Wide Receiver (****)

Rankings: No. 63 overall in the Scout 300/No. 9 receiver

Junior Stats: Accounted for 1,784 yards and 21 touchdowns. From his quarterback position Reed completed 28-of-52 passes for 694 yards and 10 touchdowns, and rushed 91 times for 746 yards and 10 scores. He also caught 19 passes for 344 yards and found the end zone one time.

Junior Video:

Offers: LSU, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, USC, Oklahoma, Florida State, Oregon, Texas and others

Schools Visited: LSU, Texas, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee

 

Trovon Reed is one of the most exciting playmakers in the country for 2010. He didn’t get to play his natural position much as a junior because his team needed him at quarterback, but everyone is recruiting him to play receiver at the next level.

 

Reed is explosive when he has the ball in his hands and he can virtually take over a game at anytime. He has very good speed – in the legit 4.4 to 4.5 range – and he is an exceptional open field runner. His ability to stop and go on a dime and stick his foot in the ground makes it very tough for defenders to cover him. His downfield speed will keep most defenders off the line as they will choose not to bump him and he can eat up the cushion very quickly.

 

Reed has good body control to adjust to poorly thrown balls and he can make the spectacular reception seem routine. Since most of his routes are run to the outside or in the flats you don’t see Reed have to make the tough catch in traffic but that will change when he moves on to the next level.

 

Like most high school receivers, Reed will need to shore up his blocking skills for the next level, but his elusiveness and speed that be brings to an offense should allow him to see the field early in his college career.

 

The scholarship offers for Reed have come from schools all over the country and he does not show any signs of putting an end to the recruiting process anytime soon.

 

Although the nation’s ninth ranked wideout has yet to narrow things down, we feel that LSU, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, USC, Oklahoma, Alabama and Florida State are going to be the main players.

 

With that said, let’s take a look and break down each school based on the main factors that Reed is looking for in a school.

 

 

Coaches recruiting Reed…..

LSU – Joe Robinson, Ron Cooper, D.J. McCarthy and Les Miles

Auburn – Curtis Luper, Trooper Taylor and Gene Chizik

Florida – Billy Gonzales and Urban Meyer

Tennessee – Ed Orgeron, Frank Wilson and Lane Kiffin

USC – Ken Norton, Jr. and Pete Carroll

Oklahoma – Jay Norvell, Kevin Wilson and Bob Stoops

Alabama – Burton Burns, Bobby Williams and Nick Saban

Florida State – Jimbo Fisher and Bobby Bowden

 

 

Driving distance from Thibodaux to…..

LSU is 1 hour and 30 minutes or 70 miles

Alabama is 5 hours and 36 minutes or 355 miles

Auburn is 6 hours and 38 minutes or 425 miles

Florida State 7 hours or 450 miles

Florida is 9 hours and 13 minutes or 600 miles

Tennessee is 10 hours and 21 minutes or 665 miles

Oklahoma is 10 hours and 41 minutes or 680 miles

USC is 27 hours and 35 minutes or 1,885 miles

 

 

Football team’s 2008 Graduation Success Rate at…..

Florida State was 69%

Florida was 68%

Auburn was 57%

Alabama was 55%

LSU was 54%

Tennessee was 54%

USC was 54%

Oklahoma was 46%

 

 

Football team’s 2009 Academic Progress Rate at…..

Florida was 963

LSU was 960

USC was 956

Alabama was 955

Oklahoma was 952

Auburn was 949

Tennessee was 949

Florida State was 932

 

 

Depth chart at…..

LSU – It isn’t stocked with established players with only one senior slated for the roster for 2010 in Terrance Toliver and a number of young and unproven performers – three redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen. 

Florida State – The Noles have signed eight wideouts the last two years, and heading into the back half of June, FSU does not have a wide receiver committed for 2010.

TennesseeTwo of the Vols’ top four wideouts for 2009 are seniors and the other two have one year of eligibility remaining. Tennessee has signed only four receivers the last two years with one being Nu’Keese Richardson, who expects to play in the slot, and has none committed for 2010.

USC – With three juniors on the two deep for 2009 that will leave three holes to fill when Reed would be a true freshman. The Trojans have one receiver on the commit list for 2010 in Dillon Baxter and have signed only three the last two years.

Oklahoma – The Sooners signed five receivers in the 2009 and ’10 classes and none were listed under 6-foot-2. OU has one committed for 2010 in Sheldon McClain (3*).

Auburn – 2009 was a big class for Auburn with six receivers signed to go with four from 2008. The Tigers have one committed for 2010 in Jeremy Richardson and not much experienced depth heading into the ’09 season after Montez Billings (senior), and a pair of juniors – Tim Hawthorne and Terrell Zachery.

Alabama – Bama has recruited a lot of receivers the last three years and signed five in 2008, four in 2009 and have two committed for 2010. The ’08 class took a hit with Destin Hood signing to play pro baseball and will likely lose Julio Jones following the 2010 season.

Florida – The Gators already have a pledge from Solomon Patton for 2010 and there aren’t many places he can play other than the slot. Factor in Andre Debose from the ’09 class and Florida’s house could be a little too crowded for the slot position.

 

 

Wide receivers drafted in the last 10 years…..

Florida State – 11 with 2 1st round picks: Javon Walker (2002); Peter Warrick (2000)

LSU – 9 with 3 1st round picks: Dwayne Bowe (2007); Craig Davis (2007); Michael Clayton (2004)

Florida – 9 with 2 1st round picks: Percy Harvin (2009); Travis Taylor (2000)

Oklahoma – 7 with 1 1st round pick: Mark Clayton (2005)

USC – 6 with 2 1st round picks: Mike Williams (2005); R.J. Soward (2000)

Tennessee – 5 with 2 1st round picks: Robert Meachem (2007); Donte’ Stallworth (2002)

Auburn – 5 with no 1st round picks

Alabama – 3 with no 1st round picks

 

 

Program’s success in the last five years…..

USC has 59 victories, five Pac-10 titles and a national title, and has five straight bowl appearances

Oklahoma logged 54 wins, four Big 12 championships and went to five straight bowl games

Florida has claimed two national titles and two conference titles, won 51 games and went to five straight bowls

LSU has won 51 games, claimed an SEC title and a national championship, and has been to five bowl games

Auburn has 47 victories and an SEC championship, but also had a losing record in 2008

Alabama had two .500 records in 2004 and 2006, won 41 games and went to five consecutive bowl games

Florida State has won 40 contests, been to five bowl games and has an ACC championship

Tennessee has been victorious in 39 games and gone to three bowl games, but had two losing records in the last five years

 

 

What we’re thinking…..

Trovon Reed has plenty of options when it comes to schools and like most prospects his age the NFL is his ultimate goal. Nine times out of ten proximity to home is a big factor and we expect that to be more of a factor than others think because the majority of his family is in Louisiana with the exception of some relatives in Texas.

 

The speculation is already running rampant on Reed and there will be some nervous and tense moments on this long ride. But when the journey comes to an end we fully expect the train to pull up in Baton Rouge.


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