May 31, 2011

BC still in it for Reeves?

One of the top priorities for Boston College in the class of 2012 is West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial athlete Armani Reeves. The Eagles are in the mix and the speedster took a visit this past weekend, but Penn State and Michigan had emerged as leaders. Has anything changed?

"The BC visit was good," said the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder. "I've been there quite a few times but it's always good to take a longer look. I was there Saturday and spent a lot of time with coach Devine, coach Day and coach Spaziani. It just helps me get more comfortable with them."

With Penn State and Michigan listed as his leaders heading into the visit and BC and Stanford in the second group, did the visit help the Eagles?

"It helped, it was a good visit," he said. "I like that they want me as a wide receiver and coach Day talked about how I can impact there. I like their plan on offense and they have a lot of young guys on that side of the ball. I still have the same four schools I'm focusing on with Michigan, Penn State, BC and Stanford and I also want to check out Notre Dame."

Reeves is not in a hurry to make a decision, something that could bode well for BC because his current leaders remain the same.

"I'd still say Michigan and Penn State are on top and I'd probably give the edge to Penn State a bit. They want me to play both cornerback and wide receiver and that's probably the difference right now. They want to use me like they did with Justin King a few years ago, playing on both sides."

While he doesn't have a preference when it comes to the position he plays, each school has something different in mind for him.

"BC wants me strictly on offense, Penn State wants me to play both ways, Stanford said I could play whichever I wanted but mainly cornerback and Michigan wants me only at cornerback. Notre Dame is the same as Michigan. I just want to be on the field as much as possible."

Reeves wants to make his decision after his senior season but admits he could decide much sooner if he feels ready to commit.

"I want to take official visits if I can," he said. "If it gets that far I'll take them to Michigan, Penn State, BC, Stanford and Notre Dame. This summer I plan on going back to Penn State and I hope to get out to Stanford as well. I could also head back to Michigan and hopefully see Notre Dame. I don't have dates for anything yet and Penn State is probably next for me to take another look."

Reeves has connections to certain schools that will help, but he said he won't make a decision based on friendships.

"Cam Williams is committed to Penn State so that's a bonus, but he and I agreed we are making our decisions on our own and for ourselves," he said. "And I know Albert Louis-Jean well from playing AAU basketball together. He was excited I was visiting BC but he couldn't be there for the visit because he had the prom the night before. But I know he likes it there a lot. But like I said, I'm going to make my decision on other factors."

And what will those factors be?

"It will come down to academics, the coaches and my comfort level with them because I want to be around good guys, how the program can win and the community around it."

Does BC fit those criteria?

"Yes they do, the academics are excellent, the coaches are all good people, they win in the ACC and I've been around BC for such a long time," he said. "They have my major which is either going to be computer science or IST (Information Science and Technology)."

Right now it appears that BC is still on the outside looking in for Reeves and the longer things go the better off the Eagles will be.

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