Douglas Freeman OL Will Reid (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Douglas Freeman OL Will Reid reinforces relationship with Duke
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
There were a lot of different routes to take during the second weekend of June to increase exposure heading into the summer. If your taste is of the 7-on-7 variety, Coach Doug Pereira held his 7th annual Battlefield Shootout in which Phoebus was crowned victor for the second-consecutive year. Shamarko Thomas and Laroy Reynolds were both slated to hold free football camps at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex and Powhatan Field, respectively. NC State, Shenandoah East Carolina, North Carolina, Liberty, and Coastal Carolina also held camps for those seeking to perform in front of collegiate coaches.
Duke also held a showcase on both Friday and Saturday which allowed lineman/linebackers to get noticed on one day while skill players were able to receive interest on another day. Among the linemen in attendance was Douglas Freeman starting offensive tackle Will Reid (2020 OL 6-4 280). The Douglas Freeman product hasn’t been to many places since the season has concluded, but noted back in April that his schedule would begin to ramp up at the start of the summer. The Blue Devils were on his list and Reid made sure to take full advantage during his visit.
“I had a great time up at Duke,” Reid explained. “I think I put some good work in. I did a lot of good agility drills that I think are going to help me during the season.”
Sunday wasn’t the first time Reid has spent time at Duke. At the end of the season, he took a trip down to Duke when the Blue Devils held their Junior Day. Sunday was just another day to allow the coaching staff to get a good look at the progression of Reid while giving him a chance to network with a few other program brasses that decided to make the trip.
“I already knew most of the staff from Junior Day back in December, but it was nice to see them again,” Reid stated. “I also got to see some of the coaches Princeton and Elon that I know pretty well.
Reid has been the target of many programs seeking help across the offensive line including: Sacred Heart, VMI, Bryant, Howard, and Dartmouth. Aside from Duke (twice), Reid has gotten the chance to visit Princeton, the College of William and Mary, and will make his way out to UVA on June 17 as well as Wake Forest this Saturday. With a 1390 SAT score and a 4.3 grade point average, Reid looks to be one of the more well-rounded offensive lineman coming out of the Central Region in 2020.
– Brandon Mitchell