March 13, 2012

Another local recruit hopes for Herd offer

Unlike most years, 2013 could be one in which multiple West Virginia high school football players sign with Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

Among the most talented Mountain State prospects are Winfield High School's David Gaydosz, George Washington High School's Ryan Switzer and Spring Valley High School's Elijah Wellman.

Another is South Charleston High School's Trevond Reese.

Not surprisingly, all of the above are Marshall targets.

Reese is waiting on his first scholarship offer, but Cincinnati, Marshall, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia are interested in the 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete.

"The recruiting process is going good," said Reese, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and has a 38-inch vertical. "I don't have any offers right now, but the schools I have talked to have been really nice. They feel like I can compete at the next level. The offers are going to come. I have been talking to coaches non-stop lately."

Although he has not taken any official visits, Reese attended Cincinnati, Marshall, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and West Virginia games last season.

Reese has multiple connections to the Thundering Herd, which could give the Conference USA program an advantage over its competitors.

His father is friends with recruiting coordinator and running backs coach JaJuan Seider. He is friends with senior wide receiver Aaron Dobson, a former South Charleston star.

"We go to the same church, and he went to the same high school," said Reese, who bench presses 265 pounds and squats 325 pounds. "We have been close for a long time. Our moms work together, and his dad is my track coach."

Reese plans to make his decision before or during his senior season.

"It just depends on what happens," he said.
Reese is considering a transfer to Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, although he said the percentages are 75-25 in favor of him remaining at South Charleston.

"I really don't want to leave my friends," he said. "I haven't decided yet."

Reese is scheduled to participate in a Nike SPARQ combine in Ohio this month, but he will have to cancel if South Charleston advances to the Class AAA championship game of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission boys basketball state tournament.
Reese is a starting forward for the fourth-ranked Black Eagles (20-4).

Reese, who has been told he could be a receiver or safety in college, plans to attend seven-on-seven camps at Marshall and West Virginia and individual camps at Ohio and Kentucky during the summer.

Asked about his strengths and weaknesses, Reese said: "I'm versatile. I can play anywhere they need me to play. I need to become more flexible; I'm too tight. That will help my running. I can run lower; I run kind of high right now."

Reese said he is a leader on and off the field.

"On the field, I'm like another coach out there," said Reese, who wants to major in physical therapy or biology in college. "Off the field, in school, I'm in a bunch of different clubs like the prom committee. I help the school a lot, and everybody looks up to me."

Jacob Messer is the managing editor for He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] All comments and feedback are welcome.

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