Terps First To Offer Reeves

Chandler Reeves, a 6-foot-6, 250 pounder, didn’t hold any offers until new UMD Georgia-area recruiter Lyndon Johnson let the Eagles Christian Landing (McDonough, Ga.) he had his first courtesy of head coach Randy Edsall.

It’s been a few years since Maryland pulled a prospect out of the Peach State, but this recruiting cycle the Terps have made early in-roads on a tackle prospect who has just entered onto the radar. Chandler Reeves, a 6-foot-6, 250 pounder, didn’t hold any offers until new UMD Georgia-area recruiter Lyndon Johnson let the Eagles Christian Landing (McDonough, Ga.) tackle know he had his first courtesy of head coach Randy Edsall.

“I’m just thankful and feel blessed for this opportunity,” said Reeves, who pulled the verbal Feb. 23. “It means a lot that Maryland was the first school to offer me. That’s something I’m always going to keep in mind, that they were the first. So I’m definitely excited to get up there and see what’s going on with the program.”

Reeves said he had had some contact with Johnson via Twitter prior to Feb. 23, but not enough to indicate an offer was forthcoming.

“But then Coach Johnson sent me a message [Feb. 23], and said to give him a call,” Reeves said. “And when I did he said the staff watched my film, they liked my potential and my athleticism, and they wanted to offer. He congratulated me and said he’s excited to get the recruiting process heated up with me. [Johnson] seemed liked a really cool guy, and he’s coming down here in the spring [during the open period], so I’m looking forward to seeing him then.”

The Eagles Christian Landing tackle acknowledged his personal knowledge of UMD is limited. About the only things he knows about Maryland is it competes in the Big Ten and has a solid business program, which is Reeves’ intended major.

“It’s definitely cool to get a Big Ten offer; that’s a great conference. The Big Ten is one of the best conferences out there, so it’s definitely a bonus to have an offer from a school that competes against some of the best teams in the country,” Reeves said. “And Coach Johnson was telling me some about the education there, and he's sending me links about the business school. I’m excited to learn more about that.

“But other than that, I don’t really know much besides what I saw on TV. I watched their game against Michigan State on ESPN, and from what I could tell the fanbase was into the team. So hopefully I’ll get a better sense of that [the fans and school] when I go up there.”

Which Reeves is planning to do at some point this spring, probably around April. The Georgia prospect said he’s never been farther north than William & Mary, which is where his older brother currently plays.

“The closest I’ve been to Maryland is to see my brother play in Virginia, and that’s still the South, so I really don’t have a true sense of what [College Park, Md..] will be like yet,” Reeves said. “It’ll be interesting though. I’m not really someone who definitely wants to stay close to home or play in the South or anything like that. I mean, a coach from Cal Berkley came through our school one time, and I’d definitely be interested in going out there if I could. So location isn’t a huge deal for me.”

Before Reeves ventures to the Old Line State, however, he plans to see Georgia Tech Feb. 28. He also has Clemson, Purdue and South Carolina on his radar.

Reeves previously visited the Gamecocks and Yellow Jackets, lauding both programs.

“I honestly don’t know what school is going to offer next, but Georgia Tech is in touch quite a bit,” Reeves said. “Then I’ve talked to Purdue, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. There are other coaches looking at me too, but those are the main ones, besides Maryland of course.”

Reeves is considered an agile, athletic big man who can block out and space and finish at the second level. He has a quick first step and deft feet. That said, he admitted he needs to gain strength, power and add on plenty of pounds, as well as hone his fundamentals.

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