Reader Looking To Play Two Sports

Greensboro (NC) Grimsley offensive lineman D.J. Reader plans to play both football and baseball in college. Pack Pride has the latest on his future plans and where NC State fits in.

Many of the top football prospects in the nation are two sport athletes. Very few of them, relatively speaking, actually play multiple sports in college.

D.J. Reader insists he will be one of those athletes that manages two sports. The football and baseball star from Greensboro (NC) Grimsley doesn't want to give up either sport and some colleges are telling him he can play both.

This summer Reader has taken visits to Auburn and Maryland but for the most part his days and plans are occupied with baseball. That will change soon as he shifts his focus to football and preparation for his senior season. With just about all of the offers he wants, Reader doesn't have much to prove. He's just looking to enjoy his senior season.

On the recruiting side the first question he's asking, in the hopes of trimming his list a bit, is whether schools will let him play both sports. NC State has been ambiguous on the question and it has hurt the Pack's standing with him, according to Reader.

"Most schools are pretty receptive to it," Reader explained. "I've found out that there are some schools that don't really want me to or I can't tell if they're okay with it. It's definitely something I want to do so it will be a (big factor).

"NC State is still in the mix as long as they're open to letting me play both sports. It's tough to tell sometimes. Their baseball (coach) has talked to me a lot about playing both sports and if not then maybe just baseball, but the football coaches haven't really talked to me much about playing both."

Reader briefly alluded to the Russell Wilson situation as something that caught his attention and perhaps shaped his mindset.

"It impacted me a little bit. I mean, it didn't bother me too much and I didn't look too far into it but I noticed what was going on," he explained.

All that said, Reader mentioned that he hasn't written the Pack off. There's still plenty of time for NC State and others to make a late push because Reader wants to take every allotted official visit prior to announcing his destination.

Reader is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 25 offensive guard in the nation by Pack Pride lists him as the No. 3 offensive lineman and No. 6 player overall in the state of North Carolina.

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