Maryland has had an offer out to Eagles Christian Landing (McDonough, Ga.) offensive tackle Chandler Reeves since February, but the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder still hasn’t seen College Park, Md. That doesn’t mean the Peach State product isn’t interested in the Terps, however.
“I’ve just been very busy with school, my job, workouts and other responsibilities,” Reeves said. “But I definitely still have high interest in Maryland and I’m looking to get there in the next four to five weeks. I’ve been talking to Coach [Lyndon] Johnson frequently, and I definitely like what he’s been telling me, and I can’t wait to get up there.”
Reeves said Johnson, UMD’s Georgia-area recruiter, should be stopping by Eagles Christian Landing in early May. The McDonough native said the two have a “great relationship," while it means a lot that UMD was his first major offer and the Terps continue to push for his service.
“I really like Coach Johnson and he’s a very cool guy. I can’t wait to meet him, and then get up to Maryland to see what the school is all about,” Reeves said. “The staff sounds cool, and just from what I hear, something special is going on there. I think Maryland is doing something big, and I want to check it all out. They’re going to be making some noise in the Big Ten.”
Reeves said Maryland’s academics, conference affiliation and its need for offensive tackles make it an appealing option as well. But, it’s not the only option for the emerging tackle.
Reeves also has offers from California, Army and Navy, with programs like Syracuse, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and others showing interest.
Navy was his most recent offer.
“I was really excited to get Navy. Obviously I had an offer from West Point already, and to get Navy too is an absolute honor,” said Reeves, who plans to visit the Naval Academy during the same weekend he treks to College Park, Md. “It’s exciting because of the class educations at both of those schools [Army and Navy], and also the opportunity to play big-time football. I’m definitely considering both Navy and Army.”
The only schools Reeves has seen this offseason are Georgia Tech and California. He flew out to the West Coast in early April, and came away highly impressed with the Bears.
“Honestly, I did love the visit out to Cal. Going all the way out there, it shows I definitely have interest,” Reeves said. “I loved the staff, the O-line coach, the facilities… it was great. And I have a brother that lives on the West Coast, so it’s not super foreign to me. I am definitely open to going out there for college; it’s a possibility.”
Even so, Reeves isn’t about to call the Bears a “favorite” just yet. That label might very well be reserved for hometown Georgia Tech, which still has yet to ante up.
“If I absolutely had to pick a leader, it would be Georgia Tech,” Reeves said. “I went to their junior day and spring game and talked to the coaches. They told me they’d offer either this spring or maybe after a camp. But I realize things change and no offer is guaranteed. So what I’ll do is just see what happens with them, go to camp, and try to get that offer. If I’m fortunate enough to get it, great, but if not, well, I have other options.”
In addition to camping at Tech and visiting Navy and Maryland, Reeves wants to check out Syracuse this summer. He said the Orange could be offering “real soon,” and if so, the Georgia product would like to check out the New York university.
Other schools that have been in touch include South Carolina and Tennessee, though Reeves isn’t banking on a scholarship from either.
“Right now I’m going to keep working, go to some camps and keep showing what I can do,” Reeves said. “My plan right now is to wait until after my season to commit, just so I can get my senior film looked at. But you never know; things could change. I know some school fill up their spots, so you never know what can happen.”
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