Reeves decision comes down to playing time

The high profile redshirt freshman, who is the son of legendary University of Florida signal caller John Reaves, has to decide whether he's going to stay and be an understudy to Michgian State sophomore Drew Stanton, or if he'll consider transferring to be part of the new Fun-and-Gun system Steve Spurrier is installing at South Carolina.

(EAST LANSING) - Will he stay or will he go? When it comes to the future of Stephen Reaves, he's playing his cards close to the vest.

The high profile redshirt freshman, who is the son of legendary University of Florida signal caller John Reaves, has to decide whether he's going to stay and be an understudy to Michgian State sophomore Drew Stanton, or if he'll transfer to be part of the new Fun-and-Gun system Steve Spurrier is installing at South Carolina.

Reeves is in the mix to transfer to the school and has the groundwork laid by his brother, South Carolina defensive assistant David Reaves.

The elder Reaves denied published reports that Stephen was considering heading to the Columbia school, saying he hadn't asked for his release from his scholarship. But that wouldn't stop the family from looking into the pass happy situation that is likely to develop at USC.

The problem for Reaves is that he could find himself behind another high-profile prospect; 6-foot-5, 230-pound Ben Olson,who signed with BYU three seasons ago.

Olson will decide whether to return to Brigham Young, after completing a Mormon mission or if he wants to go elsewhere, including strongly considering whether to become part of Spurrier's system.

Olson was the nation's top high school recruit at the quarterback position, passing for over 3,000 yards and 32 TDs at Thousand Oaks, CA.

The Gamecocks are also trying to talk Harrison Beck of Clearwater, FL into de-comitting from Nebraska and coming to the much closer South Carolina campus.

What good would it do Reaves to transfer to South Carolina only to be behind another high profile quarterback?

MSU's head coach John L. Smith who likes Reaves potential, is said not to be losing too much sleep over the situation. He has redshirt freshman Brian Hoyer, who according to observers has made serious progress in camp, and incoming freshman Dom Natale of Pennsylvania.

Smith is also heavily pursuing Jackson, MI standout Antonio Bass, who is said to be deciding between Michigan State and Michigan among others.

One thing is for sure, the Spartans need a reliable backup to starter Drew Stanton, who has been injury proned based on his reckless nature of running the football. Graduating senior Damon Dowdell was unreliable and Reaves was inconsistent.

MSU will settle the backup position with or without Reaves, but it would appear that if Reaves prepared himself to play, he will have opportunities to play as a Spartan. STAYING A SPARTAN: Another high profile recruit from a season ago, Fork Union Military Academy's Richard Abney told Miller Safrit of ScoutTV that he would be staying at MSU http://media.scout.com/media/video/18/187225.wmv. Abney did not qualify as a scholarhsip athlete a season ago and attended Fork Union in a bid to fully qualify, which it appears he will do this season.


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