Michael Reardon in-season update

With the pressure gone from his recruitment, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran defensive end Mike Reardon (6-6, 260), has been able to just sit back and play football, one of the main reasons why he made an early commitment to USC.

"There is a lot of pressure off so I can just get out there and have fun," said Reardon. "A lot of the stress is gone and football is really going good."

Good is an understatement, since the Lancers are the top-ranked team in Orange County and ranked #2 in the Pac-5 Division in CIF. Some projections also have them as the Division II representative from Southern California in the State Championship Game.

"We're ranked #2 behind Notre Dame and we beat Santa Margarita and Mater Dei when they were #1 in the county," said Reardon.

The Lancers, though, need some help to claim the Trinity League title, mainly win out and hope for a loss or two for Servite. This week they have a bye and then close out the season with a game against St. John Bosco.

So with his focus on his senior year, has Reardon been able to keep tabs on his future home, USC?

"Yeah, I've been going to all of the home games," said Reardon. "Schools have basically left me alone because I'm 100% solid to USC. I had like 20 offers altogether. I haven't set up my trip yet but I think I'm going the weekend of the Notre Dame game. That will be a huge game. A lot of guys are coming in for that one."

With commitments from Reardon and quarterback Aaron Corp already to the Trojans, Reardon said he's doing his part to recruit another Lancer teammate to follow them to USC.

"One of our guys, Blake Ayles, is getting recruited by USC so we're trying to get him go there too," said Reardon.

Reardon said he saw a correlation with Orange Lutheran and the Trojans last weekend in their loss to Oregon State.

"I hate to say it but I think they just overlooked (Oregon State). Same thing with us and Servite. We came off a bye week, came out slow but came alive in the end just like they did. They'll be alright," said Reardon.

Reardon has been playing primarily defensive end for the Lancers, only occasionally seeing action on offense. His future position at USC, though, remains to be seen.

"They haven't really said where I'll play, basically that they just want me there," said Reardon. "Wherever I end up, I have a chance to play and I think they'll put me in a position to succeed. I'd like to play defensive end but I could play anywhere from center to offensive tackle."

This year, Reardon said he was unsure on his total tackles but said he had 12 sacks and six blocked passes from his d-end spot.

Last season, Reardon had over 80 tackles and 8 sacks despite suffering a leg injury in the final week of the season.

Academically, he is in fine shape, holding a 4.0 GPA and scoring a 1590 on the SAT.

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