Pack Jumps on 2012 Lineman Early

Greensboro (NC) Grimsley OL/DL D.J. Reader will be one of next year's top prospects. NC State has made an early offer and appears to be one of the top schools on the junior's list. Pack Pride has the latest.

Class of 2012 two-way lineman D.J. Reader has been a regular at NC State's home games over the past two years.

As a sophomore last year the 6-3, 330-pound prospect attended NC State's home games against South Carolina, the season opener, and North Carolina. Earlier this season he attended NC State's game against Virginia Tech.

At the game against Virginia Tech this year Reader was already well established as one of the state's top junior prospects, so he drew a lot of attention from many of the people at the contest. He had an opportunity to speak to the coaches and it was clear they want him wearing red and white in a couple of years.

"They were talking about how much they like me as a player and how they want me to be a part of their program," Reader said. "They told me how high I am on their list."

The Greensboro (NC) Grimsley prospect is very interested in the Pack. That's somewhat obvious considering the fact that he has been to three home games in less than two years, but he has also given the school a lot of thought.

"I like the coaching staff and the campus," he said. "The environment at the school is pretty nice. The stadium's pretty loud and you can feel a good vibe there. They've got a great atmosphere."

Reader has also taken unofficial visits to North Carolina, Duke and Clemson. He has received offers from each of the four schools he has visited as well as Maryland and Wake Forest.

He said it's just too early for him to start talking about favorites, as he wants to visit some out of state schools that have been showing interest after his season is over. The list of out of state schools is too long for him to list, but it's safe to say that it reads like a list of the most successful programs in college football.

While Reader had a great season on both sides of the ball for Grimsley, at offensive guard and defensive tackle, his high school team won just one game on the season and will not be participating in the state playoffs.

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