Flying under the radar

Effrem Reed enjoyed a productive junior season for Dutchtown High School and he's ready to shine even brighter this fall. Find out which schools may be on the cusp of offering the versatile player. Also, get his thoughts on early-season marquee matchups vs. Lutcher and Thibodaux.

Dutchtown High School begins classes today and that means football season is just around the corner. The Griffins return all 11 starters on offense from a 2009 playoff team, including RB/WR Effrem Reed, and that spells trouble for the opposition.

"We've been connecting with both the passing game and the running game in practice," said Reed. "We're switching from the Wing-T to more of a spread option offense and that will allow our quarterback, Leon Blouin (Tulane commit), to run the football. He's stepped up his game in practice and has become more mature. I'm looking forward to playing with him this year.

"On defense, we have probably the best player in the nation in the Class of 2012 with linebacker Landon Collins. He'll be stopping the run."

The Griffins have a couple of big road games early in the season at Lutcher and Thibodaux.

"I've known Jarvis Landry (Lutcher WR) since we were 11 years old and he's like a brother to me," said Reed. "He says that we won't beat them, but they don't have (former QB) Gavin Webster any longer. Webster killed us last year and I'm not taking anything away from Jarvis, but we're a lot better on defense and we'll be more physical.

"We have to go to Thibodaux's field and they have two great players in (offensive lineman) Greg Robinson and (cornerback) Cartel Murray. But we have more confidence now - we were inexperienced last year and we've gotten a lot better since then."

Reed, who is looking for his first scholarship offer, is hearing regularly from Louisiana Tech, SMU, Ole Miss, and Northern Illinois. Over the summer, Reed visited all four aforementioned schools.

"I basically just took a tour of Louisiana Tech with a couple of teammates," he said. "We stayed with (former teammate and current Tech lineman) Kevin Saia, who's the son of our head coach. The Tech coaches said that they're going to come watch me in the first couple of games this season and that we'll talk after that."

Reed has previously mentioned SMU as a frontrunner, along with Northern Illinois.

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