Nov. 13 will always hold a special day in Trovon Reed’s heart as the date happens to be the birthday of his late mother – Roszaina Johnson.
Reed lost his mother on March 6 after a long battle with stomach cancer and everyone close to him will attest to how difficult the last eight months have been on him. He’s experienced plenty of days where he wishes he had just one more opportunity to be with his mother at a time when he is going through a process that could impact him for the rest of his life.
Reed – the country’s No. 11 wide receiver – has been courted by the best college football programs from around the country ever since he was a sophomore. After two-plus years of the recruiting process that has brought scholarship offers from schools all across America, the time appears to have come for Reed to put an end to all of the suspense.
“Right now it looks like it will happen on Friday, if he knows where he wants to go,” said Shawn Nelson, who serves as Reed’s mentor and is like a father figure to him. “We still haven’t worked out the time because we were going to do it at 1:45 on Friday when he has his Army All-American ceremony, but with the team having to go to Lafayette that won’t work.”
Nelson said that three schools are still in the hunt with a decision sitting right around the corner.
“It’s down to Auburn, LSU and Oregon and we plan on talking tonight to see if he’s made up his mind,” said Nelson. “We’re going to discuss things, and if he has his mind made up then we’ll call the other coaches up and tell them we appreciated them recruiting Trovon but he’s made his decision.”
Reed has taken numerous unofficial visits over the course of his recruitment including many to LSU and several to Auburn. He took an official visit to Oregon two weeks ago when the Ducks defeated USC, so he’s seen what all three of his finalists have to offer. According to Nelson, each school stands out for different reasons.
Auburn – “He has a great relationship with their coaching staff and being in the situation he’s in if he decided to go away from home it was big to have a good relationship with those guys. He feels comfortable with Coach (Gene) Chizik all the way down to the rest of the offensive coaching staff. He likes how they are going to use him in the offense in the wildcat, in the slot, on the edge, and just in the multiple roles. He just really fell in love with the school, too.”
Oregon – “It wasn’t as much as the family vibe as Auburn, but it was a great experience on his visit. He has a great relationship with wide receivers coach Scott Frost and they plan on giving him the ball in a lot of different ways. He feels that he would have an opportunity to play early at Oregon just like at Auburn. The facilities were second to none and they’re probably recruiting him harder than anybody else.”
LSU – “LSU has always been in the picture from day one and it was one of the first college camps I ever took him to since I’m such a big LSU fan. They’ve always been on him and they have a great academic center. They told him that he could get early playing time too and they said they don’t have an athlete like him on the team. He has a good relationship with a lot of the players on the team and he’s real comfortable with them. It’s right down the street and it would be easier for his family and friends to see him play.”
With an announcement possibly coming within the next 42 hours, does Nelson have any indication on how the final three stacks up?
“I think its Auburn, then Oregon and LSU,” he said. “That’s the order I think it is from the conversations we’ve had.”
If Reed does announce his intentions on what will be a very special day for him and his family, Nelson said he feels that the recruiting process will have come to an end.
“Friday is a real special day for Trovon and his family,” said Nelson. “If he makes a decision on Friday then that’s where he’s going. That day means too much to him to go back on it.”
Reed is the 52nd ranked player overall in the country and No. 1 in Louisiana. After missing five weeks with a knee injury, he has 913 total yards of offense – 483 rushing and 424 passing – with nine total scores (four passing and five rushing) in his senior campaign.
Note: After this article was published TSD.com received a phone call from Shawn Nelson saying that the ceremony at school will be at 10 a.m. on Friday.