The Book on Troy Reeder

The two-sport star from Delaware has plenty of decisions a head of him. Is playing linebacker for the Nittany Lions an option?

Penn State assistant Ron Vanderlinden had good news for Salesianum School (Wilmington, Del.) linebacker Troy Reeder, but that's the only hint he gave the junior prospect in a hand written letter. Reeder would have to wait in suspense until he spoke with Vanderlinden by phone late last week to find out what it was, and the three-star middle linebacker was plenty satisfied with the answer.

Vanderlinden extended a verbal offer to Reeder, making him the third middle linebacker and sixth 'backer total the Nittany Lions have offered in the Class of 2014.

Reeder is committed to North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship, but that hasn't stopped him from reeling in football offers from Rutgers and Virginia. Nor has it halted his interest in pursuing football at the next level.

“I play lacrosse, and I'm committed to North Carolina because I love lacrosse and that's the program I'd want to play at,” Reeder said. He made his commitment to the Tar Heels late last spring. “But with having options, I'm not going to turn anything down, because I like football equally as much. Sooner or later, I'm going to have to make a decision and see which path I'm going down.”

Reeder's Salesianum squad is off to an 8-0 start this season. While he's unsure of his statistics, the 6-foot-3, 232-pound prospect is undoubtedly a big part of Sallies' defense.

But before his season began, he camped at Penn State during one of its Advanced Skill Camps in June, when Vanderlinden and company got their first look at the rising prospect.

“I really like Coach Vanderlinden, who would be my position coach, and I got to work a lot with him one-on-one at camp,” Reeder said. “It's important to have that kind of bond, and I like Coach (Bill) O'Brien and Coach (Ted) Roof. II was able to meet them and had some personal time with them, too. Penn State is a great school.”

One of the benefits Penn State will have in its recruitment of Reeder is the proximity of State College to his home in Delaware, which is about three and a half hours by car.

“Early on, I liked to look at proximity of the campus to home, and Penn State is very high on the list in that regard. It's about three and a half hours away, and it would be easy for my parents to get to games,” Reeder said. “Academics are probably the most important thing I look at, because football only lasts so long, and you want to have something afterward. I pay attention to the college experience and campus, too, and where I think I can excel and get better.”

Speaking of the short drive to State College, Reeder and his family will get to experience it when they again make the drive from Wilmington to University Park this weekend, where they'll take in Penn State's clash with ranked Ohio State Saturday night.

“I'm going up to the Penn State vs. Ohio State this weekend, which I'm excited about,” Reeder said. “And then I'm going to try and make a Virginia game in November.”

With his junior season heading toward the postseason and his decision time inching ever closer, Reeder hopes to know before his senior season kicks off how he will continue his athletic career in college.

“I'll probably get to some camps early on, but ideally I'd like to have my decision made before my senior year,” Reeder said. “But we'll have to see how things play out and what options I have going forward.”

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