2012 Intro: D.J. Reader

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- With regards to his recruitment, D.J. Reader has a lot of decisions that need to be made.

"D.J. is in a great spot right now," Grimsley head football coach Damon Coiro said. "He understands that and needs to enjoy the next year and a half and be able to embrace these gifts and enjoy them."

Reader, a 6-foot-3, 330-pound lineman, is being recruited as both a football and baseball player.

"I'm not sure right now if I would go the football route or the baseball route," Reader said. "A double-sport athlete and playing line would be very hard. So I would probably have to make the decision on whether I would just want to play baseball or just want to play football."

In baseball, Reader is a pitcher that throws over 90 miles per hour and is also an excellent hitter.

Furthermore, with regards to football, Reader is being recruited for both sides of the ball.

"I think he has the ability to do whatever he wants at that level," Coiro said. "But I do believe he runs extremely well – he was clocked at [North] Carolina at a 4.9 [40-yard dash] at 330 pounds. At 6-foot-3, that means center [or] guard [on the offensive line], but more importantly, that explosion [and] that ability really says shade three-technique [defensive tackle].

"Once they see him run and be able to sink his hips, he coils up, comes out of his stance, he understands the extension through the arms in defensive line play that a lot of kids need to be taught once they get [to the collegiate level]."

Reader has received verbal scholarship offers for football from Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, and Wake Forest. Some have offered him the chance to play both football and baseball in college.

"D.J. possesses the intangibles that coaches are looking for," Coiro said. "Most of all, [he's a] great character kid [that] comes from a great family who understands the importance of educations and pushes that with him. And then [he's] just an excellent athlete – not just a football player.

"As an offensive lineman, what most colleges are looking for is his ability to sit down and his flexibility is key. Just his explosion and burst off the ball as a defensive lineman have a lot of coaches looking at him. D.J. is just that rare kid that you get that can take over a game by himself."

The majority of schools are recruiting Reader, who doesn't have a position preference, as a defensive tackle. UNC is among the minority that likes him at offensive guard.

At this stage of his recruitment, Reader doesn't have any favorite schools.

"I just want to see where I like the best and what best fits me," Reader said. "I'm just focused on getting a good education and where I would like to go."

Last summer Reader participated in a lot of college camps. This summer, he's going to focus more on baseball.

Reader has already visited Clemson, Duke, UNC, NC State, and Virginia Tech. He plans to continue with visits when they don't interfere with his baseball schedule.

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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