LB Troy Reeder Breaks Down Offers

MIDDLETOWN, Del. -- Salesianum School (Wilmington, Del.) class of 2014 linebacker Troy Reeder holds offers from Penn State, Virginia, Rutgers and Delaware, and he spoke to FOXSportsNEXT to break down each offer, and discuss visits he made to several campuses.

Troy Reeder is committed to play lacrosse at North Carolina, but the bigger question he faces is which sport he will play college.

While the Salesianum School (Wilmington, Del.) class of 2014 standout is an accomplished midfielder in lacrosse, he is also a BCS-level prospect on the gridiron. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker already holds offers from Rutgers, Penn State, Virginia and Delaware, and he is getting interest from Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Stanford and Michigan.

"I don't think I would play both in college, but I would consider it," Reeder said. "I love North Carolina lacrosse. It's a great option. I love some of my football offers. They are also great options, and when the time comes and I really know, I'll make a decision."

Reeder, who missed last month's showdown game with Middletown (Del.) High because of a foot injury, doesn't have a favorite sport.

"It depends on the season," he said. "Coming into high school I was a football player, and I've had such a great time playing lacrosse with my coach (Bob Healy). He's really made me open up my eyes to that side and experience the good of that sport. I love both, and it's going to be a tough decision, but I will be happy either way."

Reeder's first offer came from Rutgers after his sophomore season, and before the coaching change.

The new staff continues to recruit him, with assistant Damian Wroblewski and defensive coordinator Robb Smith serving as his contacts, but he is yet to get to campus.

"I'm going to try and get up there this winter, or late this season depending on how things work out with games," Reeder said. "I was an early scholarship (offer) from them. I got that offer late winter of my sophomore year, so I know they are very interested because they pulled the trigger on it right away.

"That's a school I haven't been up to see. I have seen some pictures and it looks like their facilities are unbelievable. They're having a great season. They have a great staff. I'm looking forward to going up and checking it out first hand."

While Reeder waits to make the 90-minute drive north to see Rutgers, he has been out to Penn State a few times.

He camped there in June, and returned to campus a few weeks ago to watch the Nittany Lions play Ohio State.

"I had an intense game-day experience, (and) an atmosphere that I could see myself at," Reeder said. "I got to spend some time around the campus visiting a friend of our family, who is a senior there. We had a great time."

Penn State offered Reeder shortly before his visit, but it wasn't his first major interaction with them. He camped there in June and caught the eyes of the staff.

"They were really impressed with my testing and I got a lot of individual treatment," he said. "It was a three-day camp, but I only stayed for two sessions. I got to work with (assistant) coach (Ron) Vanderlinden a lot with 1-on-1s and coach (Bill) O'Brien came over to watch a lot and coach (Ted) Roof, the defensive coordinator came and watched."

Reeder knows Penn State is faced with the adversity of the NCAA sanctions, and that will factor into his decision, but he is impressed with how the Nittany Lions are handling themselves this season.

"I definitely looked at it, and it's something I'll consider," Reeder said. "But it's something I want to watch and see how they deal with it, and watching them this season, I've seen the players really haven't slowed down."

Reeder also likes what Virginia offers.

"Beautiful campus," he said. "In the future I would love to be a business man of some sort, and it's the No. 2 undergrad business school in the country. A free education there is hard to beat. It's a good staff there.

While Delaware looks to be a long shot, the fact his father, Dan Reeder, starred there before playing in the NFL is keeping the Blue Hens involved.

"They've had guys go in the first round (of the NFL draft), it's close to home, my dad went and played for the Pittsburgh Steelers," Reeder said. "He's a big alum there. I've grown up with Delaware."

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