Monday, December 17, 2012

BUCKEYES LOSE WR VERLON REED

Verlon Reed
COLUMBUS — Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Verlon Reed is leaving the football program — the first to do so this offseason as the Urban Meyer era transitions into its second year.

Thus far he hasn't made any plans on where he will continue playing his college football.

"No matter where I end up, nothing changes for me," Reed stated on his Twitter account Monday. "I'm still grinding to reach my goal and I will always and forever be a Buckeye."

Reed, who started the first half of the 2011 season before going down with a year-ending knee injury, just couldn't seem to find his place in Meyer's new offensive attack as a sophomore in 2012.

The 6-foot, 205-pound native of Columbus, played in seven games for Meyer last season, but only managed to record one reception for 13 yards on the year. He also played a role on the kick coverage team but recorded just one tackle.

Reed showed a lot of promise coming out of Marion-Franklin High School, totaling 3,372 yards as a senior quarterback, while leading his team to the state semifinals. He was named all-state that season and went on to win the Big 33 All-Star game's Most Valuable Player award.

After redshirting in 2010, Reed cracked the starting rotation at receiver for the Buckeyes the following season and played the first five games, grabbing nine receptions for 132 yards. However, he would suffer a knee injury against Michigan State, ending his season and essentially his career at Ohio State.

If Reed decides to transfer to an FBS school, he will have to sit out a season, according to NCAA rule.

Losing Reed, though, shouldn't have much of an effect on the Buckeyes' receiving corp this season, as starters Corey "Philly" Brown and Devin Smith return to Columbus, as well as heavy contributors Evan Spencer, Chris Fields and Michael Thomas. 

Coveting game-breakers out on the edges, Meyer has also done some real damage out on the recruiting scene at the position, picking up stellar playmaking athletes like five-star receiver Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio) and do-it-all performer Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis). 

Meyer also has a few more targets he would like to add to the receiving unit, most notably James Quick of Louisville (KY), who is considered the second-best wideout in the country, according to Scout.com.