"He has an electric burst, and a knack for making the big play," Dominion High School head coach Karl Buckwalter said of DeAndre Reaves, who committed to the Mountaineer program after a weekend visit to the school. "In my 20-plus years of coaching, I have never had a player like him. He gets into and out of the hole, and just has such a burst when he runs. He ran a 4.38 at one combine.
"West Virginia is getting a great player, but an even better person," Buckwalter continued. "He is just a super kid. And he can play different positions there, too. He has super hands, so he could play in the slot or at running back. He hadn't played much defense for us before last year, but we put him at cornerback and he became a tremendous cover corner. On special teams, no one kicks to him, because he's a threat to score at any time."
With such a talent at his disposal, Buckwalter isn't concerned about burning out his star, even though he plans to use him at all of the above positions, and even quarterback at times.
"We'll move him around a lot depending on what kind of team we are facing. We might play him at quarterback or in the slot. If we need to rest him we'll probably give him a break on defense from time to time, but he's a great high school athlete, so I don't worry about that too much."
Buckwalter certain can't be blamed for getting his protege as many snaps as possible. Not only will that help Dominion in the short term, but it will also give Reaves more experience at multiple positions when he makes the move to West Virginia next year. More potential positions equals more chances to see the field early, and that's something that every savvy high schooler knows as he prepares for the next step in his career.
Reaves has apparently taken that maxim to heart, but it's not the only area in which he excels. A quiet leader off the field, he amps up the energy when game time approaches.
"He makes sure he does everything he needs to off the field, but he's not a holler and yell guy," Buckwalter described. "He works as hard as anyone, so there's no 'What about you' when it comes time to lead. But when the lights come on, when it's game time, he wants the ball, because he knows he can do it. He wants to get the job done."
Buckwalter was very pleased with Reaves' decision to attend West Virginia. Reaves' recruitment revived a tie from his early career as a head coach.
"When Chris Beatty was in high school, I coached against him," Buckwalter revealed. "I got to know him from there, and I am really happy to see how he is doing. He did a phenomenal job recruiting DeAndre, and he is just super with the kids."
Reaves is the tenth commitment in West Virginia's Class of 2011.