Junior DL Tony Reed Scouting Report

GoBlueWolverine's correspondent Josh Turel made several trips this past fall to Warren, Ohio to watch U-M signee Mario Manningham – including the game where Mario dominated OSU CB signee Jamario O'Neal. <br><br> Every time Josh would return from Warren he would talk about <b>Junior DL Tony Reed</b>, Jim S' #10 Junior Defensive Lineman. <br><br> Here is Josh's report on Reed (with full length photo). <br>

Antonio Reed
6-1, 285, 5.0 in the 40
Junior DT/TE
Warren, Ohio
Warren G. Harding High School

Overall:

Outside of some the usual technique areas that need correcting, and some consistency issues, Tony Reed is a great prospect.Michigan's Coach Carr paid a visit to Warren G. Harding for it's game against St. Edwards in the playoffs, outside of being able watch Mario Manningham's dominating performance and scout Rocco Cironi, he was able to get in on the stakes for Reed. Tony has a high ceiling if he can become more explosive off the line, play lower and refine his technique. What schools are in with him? He has been telling people that Virginia, Michigan and Ohio State are early favorites, with Virginia recruiting the hardest early-on. GBW will be going to Warren again (school of former MLB Carl Diggs, current MLB Prescott Burgess, and incoming WR Mario Manningham) next season to catch up on all the developing talent there including star sophomore tailback Daniel "Boom" Herron.

Strengths:

Has an excellent stance, the kind you would want a young player to have. Excellent recognition, anticipates quarterbacks throw, gets his arm's up and keeps his head up field. Very good at reading and reacting to the screen play. Hustles in pursuit, gets over bodies on the ground and is good at avoiding cut blocks. Strong player who has a nice frame at this point in his career. Shows the ability to stunt and angle with quickness. Generally can hold his ground against double teams but could break them if he played with better leverage and pumped his feet. Solid tackler, wraps up and is physical. Very good balance with a strong base and never gets put on the ground. Is a decent block shedder, but is above average when getting off blocks side to side. Great attitude, is a hard worker who has loads of potential.

Areas to improve:

Needs fundamental work. Could be a real force inside if he played a little lower and pumped his feet, at times gets stood up and stops moving his feet. Gets his arm's into the defenders but should move them inside more to gain more separation which will allow him to shed blockers better. Needs to use his hands more in general. Needs to play with better leverage; it's not bad, but he plays slightly high for his size. Not a great pass rusher, needs to develop some swin/rip/spin moves to get to the quarterback. Has average explosion off the line but has shown the ability to really come off the snap so he should be more consistent there. Needs to be more consistent overall, some plays he dominates others he isn't much of a factor.

Comparison:

Anthony Adams (6-0, 300, San Francisco), Reed like Adams has good range for a tackle, plays with a solid base and can anchor the line against the run but lacks great pass rushing skills.



The Michigan Insider Top Stories