In this installment of the Recruit Notebook, we meet another big, physical lineman who adds depth and talent to the Hurricanes’ offense: OL Cleveland Reed.
One of the units most in need of upgrading for the Miami Hurricanes has been the offensive line. By adding Fort Meade (FL) OL Cleveland Reed, Miami is taking a big step toward the upgrades they desire.
Formerly a star lineman at traditional powerhouse Lakeland (FL), Reed made the move to Fort Meade for his senior year. In both places, Reed was known for using his 6’3” 327lb frame at OT, OG, and even on defense. That kind of versatility and willingness to do whatever the team needs made Reed a prime prospect in the eyes of many coaches around the country.
Early on in his recruitment, when at Lakeland, the prevailing thought was that Reed would follow the path of many former Dreadnaughts and head to Gainesville to play for the Gators. But, he made a wise decision to think outside the swamp.
For Miami, the connection was built quickly with the Under Armour All-American. After getting him on campus a couple of times, and seeing him in other recruiting visits (WITHIN THE RULES) off-campus, Miami was able to secure a commitment from the talented lineman in April 2017.
Since then, Reed has been locked in with Miami. Several teams inquired about his interest in communicating with them to lay the foundation for a flip, but Reed rebuffed those attempts to stick with the Canes.
While Fort Meade may not be the name-brand football factory that Lakeland is, Reed is still a top-tier player, and Miami will be very happy to add him to the offensive line group.
On the 247sports composite, Reed is a 4-star prospect, the #10 OG in this class, #47 in the State of Florida, and #258 recruit overall.
Reed committed to Miami over Florida, Louisville, and Oregon out of a list of 15 scholarship offers from around the country.
Reed as a player
Just by looking at Reed, you can see he has the size you want in an offensive lineman. At 6’3” 327lbs, Reed will come to Miami with game-ready size and very good strength. He’s better as a run blocker than a pass blocker, but all areas of his game can take a step forward at the next level.
Reed has experience playing Tackle, Guard, and even Defensive Tackle in high school. With less-than-ideal arm length, Reed will settle at OG at Miami and should be able to craft a nice career there.
- Game-ready size
- Run blocking
- A bid of “bad weight”/baby fat
- Good but not great in pass pro
The key for Reed is going to be his ability to pick up the offense quickly when he gets to campus. He has game-ready size, but the fact that he won’t be enrolling at Miami until May puts him a bit behind schedule compared to other players.
Chances for a redshirt: 5/10
Even with his late (the old normal) enrollment timeline, Reed should be able to assert himself and make a case for playing time as a freshman. He’s more talented than several returning players ahead of him, so if he can put things together, the snaps are his to take.
That’s it for this installment of the Recruit Notebook.