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BCS offer comes for 2014 backer

2014 linebacker Troy Reeder is starting to acquire scholarships. The Wilmington (Dela.) Salesianum School prospect pulled his first BCS offer recently and has plenty of other schools moving in quickly.
"I've been officially offered by Delaware and Rutgers," he said. "Rutgers was pretty recent. I was assuming they'd offer me, but they wanted to get me on campus. I ended up not making it and they came down to school and offered two weeks ago."
Landing the offers has been big for Reeder.
"Honestly, the first offer means a lot," he said. "Delaware is my hometown school. It's the only I-AA I would consider because it's 20 minutes away from my house and my dad is an alumnus there and played football there.
"Then, to have Rutgers which is really in my backyard too about two and a half hour drive away means a lot. To not have me on their campus or anything, that shows how much they want me."
What does Reeder think of the Scarlet Knights?
"I know a little bit from talking to them and researching," he said. "I'm looking to get up there possibly this summer or fall to check out a game and tour the facilities."
In the meantime, many colleges are highly interested.
"Miami is very interested and they want me to come down. They've talked about offering me, but it's part of their team policy to have recruits come down first. I'll probably head this this summer and work out for them," he said. "Northwestern is very interested and they are looking to offer in the next few weeks I think. They are talking it over with their coaching staff. Nebraska has come in and seen my film and liked it. West Virginia, Penn State and Syracuse are interested too."
Though he plans to do some camps, Reeder is unclear where he'll be going this summer. He noted however that Ohio State is one likely destination.
So, does he like any schools?
"I've always been a Penn State fan," he said. "A lot of my family has gone to Penn State and I have some history there. It's pretty close to home too and a big linebacker school."
Still, Reeder is keeping his options open and went in-depth on what he wants in a college.
"Obviously football is very important, but I'm a pretty good student too," he said. "Along with a great athletic career, I want to leave with a great education. I'm looking for a good academic school. I'm thinking business since my dad is in commercial real estate.
"I also would ideally like to play within a four hour radius. I'm willing to go seven hours or so for a place like Northwestern since it's an easy flight into Chicago."
Playing quarterback and linebacker last year for Salesianum, Reeder earned second team all-state.
Clearly a talented football player, Reeder is a highly recruitable athlete in lacrosse too.
"I play lacrosse and I've gotten quite a few scholarships from North Carolina, Duke and Maryland," he said. "I am considering it. I was pretty highly recruited.
"I have told North Carolina at this point if I do play lacrosse in college that I am fully committed to them. I have let them know I'm still open though. They are remaining patient since they said I'm one of their top recruits for 2014 and are willing to wait."
Reeder added that the deadline for lacrosse recruiting is much earlier than football, but at this time there is no deadline for a decision.
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