Reader has Terps in the mix

Class of 2012 D.J. Reader from Grimsley HS is drawing interest for all of his athletic capabilities

Class of 2012 D.J. Reader from Grimsley High School in Greensboro, NC, is drawing interest for all of his athletic capabilities.

Reader is a 6’3’, 330-pound offensive guard for Grimsley, but this year he displayed his athleticism playing tackle and center, and he also played defensive tackle and defensive end for his coaches.

“This year I worked on finishing my blocks,” said Reader. “I try to block in the best way to help my team win.”

Despite playing all over the field, Reader says his natural position is guard on the offensive line, and tackle on the defensive side.

Reader has offers from Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake and Maryland. Duke is the main school applying for Reader’s defensive skills, and the rest want his offensive line abilities.

Reader’s stock is rising quickly. He has been hearing from South Carolina, Penn State, Florida State, Nebraska, Oregon, and a couple more quality football schools.

He has made a few visits already, but hasn’t been able to get to College Park yet because of the distance. Reader talks to Maryland coaches and intends to make a visit next year to see the campus.

Reader’s football season is over this year, but he quickly transitions into basketball season at Grimsley, and when basketball seasons over, he moves to baseball where he’s a pitcher and first baseman.

“I work on getting bigger during basketball season,” Reader said. “Then I go from basketball to baseball.”

Reader works on his skills year round, and is prepared to train next summer for his senior year at Grimsley.

“I’m going to be working on pass blocking and draw blocking,” Reader said, “and I’m trying to be a leader for my team”

Duke, Liberty, and a few other schools are recruiting Reader to play baseball, but most schools are interested in him for football. He says he’s keeping all his options open for now.

“I’m looking for a school that if I didn’t play sports, I could still go there and be happy with that school,” Reader said.

Reader isn’t sure of a major yet, but he likes sports management and sports medicine.

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