The TCU Horned Frogs have picked up another verbal commit for their 2013 recruiting class. The latest is Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal tight end Charlie Reid. Reid is the sixth commitment for TCU this recruiting season and second tight end in less than a week to commit.
Reid held 12 offers before making his decision, including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Texas, Oregon State, UCLA and Utah.
Reid became interested in TCU when they out of the blue invited him to their junior day back in February, and he was offered at the end of the camp. A pair of his high school coaches went to TCU, and Reid had been a fan of the Horned Frogs growing up.
When making his choice Reid always kept coming back to TCU as his top school:
"I've gone to other places and seen everything. I've gone to camps and have seen campuses," Reid said. "I've enjoyed everywhere, but with every place I liked, I kept looking back at TCU. I did the pros and cons, and I thought about it. I just realized TCU was where I wanted to be. It has everything I want."
Here is a scouting report or Reid by Burnt Orange Nation:
For Reid's evaluation I thought about just typing "see: Jeremiah Gaines", as they have similar blends of size and speed and are used more as receivers than traditional tight ends by their respective teams. Reid looks a little faster than Gaines but is not as athletic, and the difference in speed might disappear if Reid were carrying the same weight Gaines has. Reid's school competes in Division II of the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC), and in his highlights he looks fast enough to outrun and tall enough to outjump most defenders who attempt to cover him. And it certainly helped him that his team's quarterback was 2012 UCLA signee T.J. Millweard.
Rivals lists his 40-yard-dash time at 4.58, 247Sports at 4.65. From watching his highlights I would buy that he has speed in that range. At the 0:12 mark of this highlight video he lines up in the slot, runs a simple slant route, finds some open space and catches the pass, then outruns the entire Brownwood secondary (which probably included 2012 UT signee Kevin Vaccaro) to the end zone for an 88-yard touchdown. On three other plays (the very first one, at 0:50, and at 0:57) he is thrown a jump ball in the corner of the end zone and simply out-leaps his defender for the touchdown, making a nice one-handed grab to do so on the last of those three. In other clips he can be seen running drag routes, curl routes, wheel routes, and a fly route. He runs them all pretty well but will need to be smoother getting in and out of his breaks when facing collegiate defenders. He isn't shown doing much blocking, and when he is he appears to be blocking defensive backs and not linebackers or defensive ends.
Reid will see the field in multiple positions as a slot receiver, fullback and a second tight end. Currently Reid is listed at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, so he will need to add on some bulk before he can become a full time tight end.
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