MU Family Ties, Interest Abound for QB Reamon

As Missouri continues to seek a quarterback for its 2008 class, several names have come and gone. But one has steadily remained on the list in the form of Gloucester (Va.) dual-threat prospect Tommy Reamon Jr., whose father played running back at Mizzou in the early 1970s before going on to become a nationally prominent high school football coach. Here's the in-depth scoop on Reamon Jr.

Asked if Missouri is among the teams he and his son are evaluating most seriously, Tommy Reamon said, "Yes, definitely."

"I like what they're doing there. I really like it. It's going to be an interesting call," said Tommy Reamon, who coached future stars Michael Vick, Marcus Vick and Aaron Brooks before moving on to Gloucester High, where his some transferred to help him build a program.

"I'm interested to watch the final pieces of the recruiting process with them and see what he thinks about them, if I can just put in my two cents because I went there."

The Reamons are an interesting case. Because the elder Reamon has seen so many recruitments – especially involving high-profile quarterbacks, they're taking a measured approach. They are trying not to get into listing offers and doing a ton of interviews, though he did confirm that MU has offered his son. Virginia Tech, Boston College, Northern Illinois, East Carolina and Buffalo are others highly interested in having him. Georgia Tech, Boston College, N.C. State, North Carolina and Notre Dame have also shown varying levels of interest.

"The media wants to list who's offered who, and people think that's a way of judging talent. Too many kids jump on an early offer and regret them," he said. "We're not going to get into all of that. I can tell you he will not be making any decision until the end of the season … We know a decision's going to be made after we evaluate you and you evaluate us."

Reamon Jr. is a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder who completed 87 of 157 passes last year, compiling 1,588 yards of offense -- 585 rushing.He passed for six touchdowns and rushed for five more while playing for a team in the middle of a rebuilding process. Reamon earned All-District honors behind U.S. Army All-American and Virginia Tech commit, Tyrod Taylor. His father believes he's among the top 15 or 20 quarterbacks in the country and has been told exactly that by scouts.

Here's the scouting report Reamon gave us on his son: "He doesn't have that rocket wrist like Michael Vick does. He has the zip and accuracy [of NFL quarterback] Aaron Brooks …He's had all of the advantages [of having a coach for his father and older brothers who played] and he's been everywhere in the country for quarterback camps," Reamon said.

"He has the athletic ability of all of them. He doesn't have the [blazing speed] Michael Vick got after he graduated high school, but he runs a 4.5 40. He ‘s smart as hell and very accurate."

The Reamons are intrigued by not only MU's available playing time –- they're looking for a program in which Reamon Jr. could play relatively early -- but also the system and the success Brad Smith had in it.

"They do some things that we like, no doubt about that," Reamon said, adding that as a coach, he likes his teams to spread the defense out as MU does. "Last year the quarterback at Missouri proved himself to be the best in the conference. But they still want someone who has a little bit of Brad Smith."

The Reamons have become quite friendly with MU recruiting coordinator Dave Yost, and the elder Reamon has yet another tie to MU; he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1976 and went to training camp with none other than MU head coach Gary Pinkel.

"I'm that old," Reamon said, laughing.

The Reamons visited Mizzou in April and enjoyed themselves. Will they be back sometime this fall?

"For an official visit, yes, definitely," Reamon said.

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