Interest is rising for a jumbo athlete in Maryland in the 2011 class. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder has a few schools already taking a hard look and has taken a few visits to date.
"Mostly the main schools looking at me are Rutgers, Penn State and Georgia Tech," Thurmont (Md.) Catoctin defensive end Sean Reaver said. "They all send me a lot of stuff."
Reaver is coming off a visit this past weekend to one of the colleges.
"I just went to Penn State on Saturday," he said. "That was amazing. It was so loud and crazy. That was my first game up there and I got to talk to the coaches a little bit. The defensive line coach thought I was a senior, but I told him I was a junior and he had a big smile on his face.
"I did like their defense it's about the same as what we run."
Penn State isn't the only school to have received a visit already.
"I went to Rutgers when they played Texas Southern," he said. "That was pretty good too. I liked it there."
Colleges are taking an interest in Reaver. What does he want in a school?
"I'm not really sure yet," he said. "I was thinking about engineering, but my dad talked to a professor and it's too hard with football. So I don't know what I want to study. As for location, I don't want to be too far, preferably on the East Coast, but I'll go anywhere. I just also want a great atmosphere and good fans. I want a lot of support, I like that."
Reaver helped his team to a 10-0 regular season and now opens up the playoffs.
"I did pretty well this year," he said. "I had four of five sacks, it's not as good as my sophomore season. I had 13.5 last year. I am getting double teamed a lot. I also play tight end and have six catches and three touchdowns. I mostly block."
Clearly the Maryland prospect is a talent. What sticks out about him?
"I'd say it's my aggressiveness and my quickness off the ball."
A versatile athlete Reaver also plays basketball and lacrosse.