Reader Taking Summer Visits

Baseball has been monopolizing much of D.J. Reader's time the last several months, which has forced his recruitment to take a backseat.

However, Reader, a 6-foot-3, 330-pound lineman from Greensboro (N.C.) Grimsley, was able to squeeze in a visit to Duke a few weeks ago and East Carolina on Sunday. He plans on visiting Maryland on Thursday and is working on trips to Auburn and Georgia Tech in July.

One noticeable omission from his summer recruiting trips is North Carolina.

"I've been to North Carolina plenty of times overall," Reader said. "I know the campus pretty well and the football facilities pretty well. So I'll probably go there during the football season, but I don't know yet if I'll take one this summer."

Reader camped at UNC last summer, where he earned a scholarship offer, and attended two games last fall and a junior day in February.

During the Spring Evaluation Period, Reader kept in frequent contact with UNC assistant coaches Sam Pittman and Everett Withers.

"We just talk sports, position play, and just what I'm going to do if I go to North Carolina," Reader said.

Lately, though, Reader hasn't spoken to UNC or other coaching staffs.

"The communication hasn't been too heavy, mainly because the coaches can't call me and I've just been taking time off," Reader said. "Instead of going out and calling coaches every day, I've just been taking time off and sitting back and thinking about everything with the decisions I have coming up."

Initially, Reader was planning to choose between football and baseball. However, he has since decided to play both sports in college.

"The schools that I've been visiting have been talking about both sports there," Reader said. "I'm 100-percent going to do both [in college]. I feel like it's going to be very difficult and really hard to balance, but I'll figure it out."

One question that will influence his collegiate decision that is still unanswered is what position he prefers to play in football. Schools like UNC are recruiting him as an offensive guard, whereas several others project him as a defensive tackle. He plans on answering that question after his senior football season.

With that said, Reader, who doesn't claim any favorite schools among his over two dozen football scholarship offers, isn't planning on making a verbal commitment until Signing Day.

"Probably towards the end of the summer a lot of schools will start to stick out and separate a little bit from the group," Reader said. "Then I'll narrow it down and focus on those schools to make my decision easier."

Reader's junior baseball season ended with him batting over .530 and earning all-conference and all-area recognition, while pitching and playing first base. He's currently participating in Showcase Baseball.

"We had State Games last week and I got a lot of looks there," Reader said. "I think Showcase Ball is going really well."

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