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Player Spotlight: Eric Reed Jr.

Player Spotlight: Eric Reed Jr.
by B.R. Battle
Shreveport Calvary Baptist’s Eric Reed Jr, is the latest product of a defensive back high school pipeline.  Over the last 5 recruiting cycles, Calvary Baptist has produced 4 Division I defensive back prospects in Shun Brown (Arizona), Chanse Sylvie (Oklahoma), Rodarius Williams (Oklahoma St), and Greedy Williams (LSU). 

Greedy is a projected top-10 pick in this upcoming NFL Draft.  Rodarius is a projected mid-round pick if he decides to enter the NFL draft this year and forego the remainder of his NCAA eligibility.  Chanse is an immensely talented safety slotted to be a starter for Oklahoma in the upcoming 2019 season.  Shun switched positions to Wide Receiver and became an honorable-mention all Pac-12 selection who is currently preparing for the NFL draft.  

For as accomplished and successful as the previous Calvary Baptist defensive backs are, Eric is currently a higher ranked high school prospect than the other four mentioned players.  In fact, he will more than likely finish his career as Calvary Baptist’s highest ranked prospect since at least 2003.  A consensus 4-star recruit, Reed shows outstanding coverage skills that deter opposing quarterbacks from targeting his side of the field.  

“They (quarterbacks) really don’t throw to my side of the field,” states Reed, “so I just have to go out and make tackles.  My coaches always tell me that it’s good that they (quarterbacks) don’t throw to my side of the field.”  Eric later jokingly states, “My teammates get opportunities…they’ll get picks (interceptions), but I’m the only one that doesn’t really get picks (interceptions).” 
With opposing quarterbacks shying away from his side of the field, you can clearly see that Reed has focused his attention on increasing the physicality within his game. He is a sure tackler that relishes in the opportunity to deliver a thundering hit when necessary.  For this reason, Reed’s game reminds me of another Louisiana product, Justin Reid, a 2018 first-round pick of the Houston Texans.  Both players have the ideal body size to compete at any level and are the prototypical long and lengthy defensive backs that can play either cornerback or safety, but also have enough quickness and versatility to cover slot receivers.  Eric also has a controlled “rage” in his game, similar to one of his favorite players, Jalen Ramsey.

“I like his attitude,” Reed speaks of Ramsey.  “He’s a dog…he doesn’t like to get beat.”  Reed’s film reveals some of the same traits that make Ramsey great.  He’s laser-focused, never gives up on a play, and is a true “on the field” team leader.   

Calvary Baptist was narrowly edged out by 3 points to New Orleans’ Newman High School in the second round of the 2018 playoffs.  The leadership Reed attained from this last season will propel him to build an even closer bond with his teammates and attempt to win the coveted state championship in the upcoming season.

Reed is one of the country’s top players and has been on the radars of schools such as Alabama, LSU, Florida St, Arkansas, Arizona, Iowa, Arizona St, and many more.  He plans on taking visits to LSU and Notre Dame in the near future.  With his rare blend of size, speed, and athleticism, Reed will have no problems landing at any school that he chooses to attend. 

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