Central Michigan Recruiting: What Devonni Reed Brings To Chippewas
March 12, 2106
Central Michigan continues to handle its business in the 2017 recruiting class, and that continued with the commitment from safety Devonni Reed. The Chippewas now have 14 commitments in a 2017 class that is ranked inside the top-40 nationally.
Reed, who is from Belleville, had other offers on the table from Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Western Michigan, Toledo and Kent State.
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So, what does Reed bring to the table for Central Michigan?
A lot to like.
The first thing that pops off the film when watching Reed play are his instincts. He diagnosis plays extremely quick and doesn’t take long to break on the football. Reed quickly finds out what the offense is doing and immediately makes a play on the ball carrier. Reed is a sure tackler and is impressive in run support given his lack of size at this stage.
Reed’s speed is also impressive, as he gets from sideline to sideline extremely quickly and flies into the backfield in no time. Likely in the 4.5 range, Reed covers a ton of ground and will be able to limit big plays regardless of where he is on the field.
His athleticism and explosiveness gives the Chippewas the option to put him on special teams as well. Reed returned kicks in high school and even blocked punts when lined up on the line. Reed simply has a knack for the football and can do a little bit of everything whether it’s on defense, special teams or offense.
Reed is listed as a wide receiver on some sites and could see playing time on the offensive side of the ball due to his speed and solid change of direction skills.
The things Reed can improve on are mainly his ball skills and his size. You’d like to see Reed make more plays on the football given his instincts that allow him to be in the right place. Also, Reed is 6’0”, 181 pounds, which means he has to get in the weight room and add some more muscle to his upper body if he’s going to be a full time starter.
Reed’s future is likely at free safety or wide receiver.
Central Michigan currently has an experienced secondary, which should allow Reed to move up the depth chart once he arrives on campus. Reed would also be just the third wide receiver commited to Central Michigan since the 2016 class if he switches to offense, so there’s possible playing time there soon enough as well.
Either way, I’m impressed with what I’ve seen from Reed and think he has a chance to be a solid player in the MAC wherever he lines up.