Marvin Reed (Twitter photo)
Marvin Reed clinches Powerade 7-on-7 Championship for Life Christian, gears up for a prosperous senior season
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
We’ve gotten to the part of the offseason where collegiate visits are beginning to dwindle.
Prospects are getting their mind wrapped around the idea that the regular season is almost a month away and they’re beginning to focus on a successful start. 7-on-7’s have all but come to a close and scrimmages are just around the corner starting during the first and second week of August. A student-athlete that has shifted his focus to the start of the football season is Life Christian starting defensive back Marvin Reed (2020 FS/WR 6-2 185).
The Richmond native helped his team secure its first Powerade 7-on-7 Invitational Championship after a 17-16 defeat against Tiger Nation Camden on Saturday afternoon.
Despite making the game look extremely easy at times, moving up in the ranks hasn’t come without its challenges over the last handful of seasons for Reed.
“I started playing recreational football at the age of seven,” Reed told recruit804. “Growing up my dad kind of put me into football and that’s when I started watching guys like Sean Taylor and Ed Reed. Watching guys like them is what made me really want to play football. Coming into playing football during my freshman year, I was really just trying to getting a feel for playing football at that level. I wasn’t as focused on my academics as I should’ve been. Looking back on it, I think that I came a long way.”
Seven years of age is when Reed stepped on the recreational league playing football and this continued all the way up this his middle school years at Brookland Middle School. After middle school, Reed found himself playing at Hermitage High School through the 2017 season. This was a season in which the Panthers went 11-3 before losing in the 5A Regional Final to Highland Springs (24-14). This was also the last season we’d see players such as Lamond Fox, Shamond Fox, Alex Burton, Mateo Jackson, and longtime head coach Patrick Kane.
Following the 2017 football season, Reed linked up with Life Christian where he played his first season.
Reed saw time at wide receiver, but free safety is where he really made the most of his impact. The LCA product proved to be one of the Eagles top defenders on the back half of the defense alongside Gerrien Christopher, Antonio “A.J.” Webb, Michael James, Jordan Cotman, and Penn State commit Joseph Johnson, III.
“Since the start of the offseason I’ve been trying to get bigger and faster,” Reed explained. “I’ve also been trying to work on becoming a more mature player on the football field and person off the football field. I think I’ve grown a lot since coming to Life Christian especially spiritually and academically.”
From a recruiting perspective, Reed has been able to rack up three offers since coming to Life Christian which includes Southern, North Carolina Central, and Jackson State.
Despite having early success within the recruiting process, Reed is still taking the time to enjoy every stop along the way on his journey.
“It’s been exciting just getting the chance to talk to different coaches and visiting campuses,” Reed stated. “I get a better feel through each visit and I really love it. The light bulb kind of went off during this last football season. My family just kept pushing me and everyone kept telling me that they believe in me and that I could play football at the next level. This is what made me tighten up and believe that I could continue this into college.”
Other programs beginning to show interest in Reed include: Howard, Fordham, James Madison, and a few other programs yet to be named. The expectation is for the Life Christian defender to get bigger in preparation for the next level and to double his interception total of five last year to 10 this upcoming football season.
– Brandon Mitchell