Prep Texas OL is mean, nasty & high on Cougs

WASHINGTON STATE HAS an offer out to a prep Texas o-lineman whose full rides number into the double digits and who says WSU is high up on his list. Meanwhile, his prep coach says he's a gentle giant off the field but when it comes to the gridiron, "He's just mean and nasty."

Forrest Reedy (6-4, 285) out of Huntsville, Texas, about 75 minutes north of Houston, says he has WSU high on his list and likes what the school has to offer academically.

"I like their program and they have good (academics) -- I'd like to play in the Pac-12," said Reedy. "Mike Leach – he's a really good coach, I've heard some great things about him. And I like (Clay McGuire, WSU area recruiter and OL coach) he seems like a really good coach."

In addition to Washington State, Reedy holds offers from Iowa State, Tulsa, Rice, UTEP, New Mexico, Texas State, Sam Houston, McNeese State and others.

Reedy's prep coach at Huntsville High, Sean Martin, says Reedy is cut from the same cloth as some other players he's sent on to college success, including Troy Baker, a starting sophomore o-lineman at Baylor this season. Martin also says that other schools have missed the boat on Reedy.

"LSU missed on him, Texas A&M missed on him, Texas Tech missed on him – they've all missed on him because they just haven't seen him…There are people that are truly, truly missing on him.

"I've been coaching 25 years and he's one of the best I've ever coached.. Forrest is going to be a kid who will start as a freshman or sophomore (at the college level).

"Forrest is just mean and nasty. He's just a young kid, just barely turned 17 years old, but he will get in your grits."

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AS MANY POSITIVE things as Reedy had to say about WSU, he said he is likely not to take any official visits during the season nor make his decision until December at the earliest, preferring to fully focus on his senior year.

"Washington State said they liked how mean I am and how I get after it," said Reedy.

"They have been doing an excellent job recruiting him as far as communication goes," said Martin. "And he's very pleased with everyone that has made him an offer. I think Washington State has just done an unbelievable job of recruiting him and just being there.

"He's going to make up his own mind. He's leaning towards Washington State, but he's going to make up his own mind (down the road). He's leaning towards them because he likes what they do and he knows once Mike Leach gets his guys in there, they're going to get it done. And Forrest sees himself as one of those types of guys."

THAT ISN'T TO SAY Martin doesn't get in his grill from time to time.

In Huntsville's opener on Thursday, Reedy was mostly dominating early on. But Martin sees him as a player who should never be satisfied with "mostly" so he called him over during a break and "chewed his tail out." Reedy went on to finish with 7 pancake blocks, 6 knockdowns and no sacks allowed.

"He abused the other guy he was on, and even more so after I got into him… And he now has 17 stars on his helmet from that game," said Martin.

REEDY PLAYS TACKLE at Huntsville but is likely to move inside to guard with his wingspan more suited to that position, said Martin. "And at guard, I believe he can play for anyone in the country," said Martin.

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