Michigan State (MSU) offered 2018 Muskegon, Michigan three-star offensive lineman Antwan Reed in 2015. With his 6’7”, 320 pound frame, one can easily come to the conclusion that he has the body for college football. Since his offer, Reed has solidified himself as one of the state’s top recruits. Michigan State was very active in his recruitment early on, battling other schools that offered Reed early, such as Notre Dame, Tennessee, and University of Michigan. Spartan Nation caught up with Reed to discuss his plans and talk about his recruitment.
The Muskegon High School product had a short stint with high school powerhouse IMG Academy in Florida, beginning his junior season. Things didn't work out there and now he has returned to Muskegon and has begun regaining his relationships with the Midwest colleges that had previously recruited him. This weekend the three-star will make it to East Lansing for the Spartans’ junior day recruiting event to reconnect with the coaches at MSU. “I was looking forward to my visit this weekend because I knew I was going have fun because I'm came to East Lansing with some teammates. It’s always good to come and experience an electric atmosphere such MSU’s with some people you are connected to,” Reed said.
The Spartans were in Reed’s ear constantly early on. When he left for Florida, he left many of his connections with midwest schools behind. “I didn't really stay in contact with everyone when I left. I lost all connections,” said Reed, “but now that I'm back, I'm ready to build that relationship again and reconnect with everyone.” Of the schools that he lost contact with, MSU was one of them. Speaking of his connection with the coaches of MSU, he commented, “I would have to say that I would have to build a relationship with them again. This visit was a great step toward doing so.”
Reed retuned from to Muskegon in time for his junior season of football with the Big Reds. He put together a strong junior season. “Everything went well and we had fun throughout the year,” he explained. This season allowed Reed to focus on areas to improve and identify areas that he can still work on. “I improved on playing smart and being able to take on anyone in pass protection. One thing that I can still work on is becoming an an elite run blocker. That is a big aspect of my game that I would like to improve on,” said Reed.
Reed holds over a dozen scholarship offers. Among those offers, two stand out to him the most as of now, Penn State and Virginia Tech. “If it came down to it, I would say Virginia Tech and Penn State. We have kept in touch so much and both are always checking to see if I'm going to visit again,” he added. additionally, he is not approaching his recruitment with any rush. “I would want to wait until after my senior year to make a decision so that I can go over everything to make sure I'm making the right decision for myself, because the school I decide on will be where I spend my next three to four years.”
Antwan Reed is rated a three-star offensive tackle by Scout. Spartan Nation will follow Reed as he looks to recuperate his relationships with midwest schools, and ultimately comes closer to a decision.