Making A Statement

Despite his impressive offer list, wide receiver Trovon Reed came and competed well at the New Orleans combine, showing why his strong hands and ability to adjust to the ball is making college coaches anxious to sell him their product.

THIBODAUX, LA – As it turns out, not everyone in the Bayou State is an automatic Tigers commit.

Trovon Reed knows all about nearby LSU and what the Tigers mean to state natives and what have accomplished but when it comes to college options, Reed has an overabundance of opportunities in front of him.

"It's overwhelming," Reed said of all his offers. "It really validates all the hard work I've put in on the field."

The 6-foot, 175-pound four-star physical athlete does a bit of everything for Lafourche Parish, playing mostly at quarterback. With a 4.4 40 time, however, Reed was used at wide receiver and running back, as his quickness and explosiveness resulted in him turning in some impressive 2008 numbers.

At the New Orleans Scout Combine, Reed ran a 4.59 40 and registered a 34-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump.

Named a Coaches Class 5A First Team All-State player, Reed accounted for 1,784 total yards and 21 touchdowns. Reed completed 28-of-52 passes for 694 yards and 10 touchdowns, rushed 91 times for 746 yards and 10 scores and caught 19 passes for 344 yards for one score.

"Trovon is a terrific kid who is very modest," said Thibodaux head coach Dennis Lorio of Reed, who is being recruited as a wide receiver because of his size and explosiveness. "There is no doubt he can play receiver at the next level. He's got such great quickness off the line and can out muscle a cornerback with his strength or use his acceleration to go right by a one. He's a great player and he's only going to get bigger.

"He has the speed and acceleration everybody wants."

Developing into one of the top receiving prospects in the country, Reed has already amassed well over 15 offers from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Missouri, Oregon, Texas and, reportedly, an offer on its way from Wisconsin.

"Right now, I don't have any favorites," Reed said. "I am taking a look at all the schools that have offered. I don't want to rush my decision. I just want to take my time and find a good family (atmosphere)."

A solid basketball player that averages over 14 points and less than six assists and runs track for the school as well, Reed's head coach knows that once Reed gets on campus, his physical development is going to skyrocket.

"Once he becomes a one-sport athlete, he's really going to develop into a special player," Lorio said. "He's a special player with skills that you can't teach."

Reed has already attend junior days in Baton Rouge (a campus which is an hour from Thibodaux) and traveled to Austin for Texas' junior day. Next month, Reed is planning on heading to Eugene next month's for Oregon's junior day.

On LSU: "It's a real cool atmosphere with great coaches and people. I like the Tigers, but it's not a dream for me to play there. I didn't have a favorite school growing up but LSU is definitely a top school."

On Texas: "Coach Brown is a good guy and he anxiously took the time to offer me the scholarship himself. He seems very friendly and have his priorities straight. He's a team guy."

On Oregon: "The Ducks offense is built for playmakers and explosive players. I think I'd fit in really well into that kind of system."

Planning on attending camps at LSU and USC this summer, Reed's goal is to improve his speed to become a dangerous offensive weapon from the line of scrimmage to the end zone. For someone that already one of the top-ranked wide receivers in the country, Reed wants to make sure his name is at the top of the list.


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