July 26, 2010
2012 ATH is a priority for UConn
Like fellow teammate Camren Williams, Connecticut recently became the first school to offer a scholarship to West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial athlete Armani Reeves, a rising junior.
Since then, Reeves has received offers from Wake Forest, Penn State and Massachusetts, but he will always remember the joy he felt after receiving his first offer.
"[UConn] was my first, so I was really excited," said Reeves. "I actually called coach [Randy] Edsall when I heard that they wanted to offer me. It was great to hear from him and have him speak highly of me."
UConn not only became the first school to offer Reeves a scholarship, they also made the decision to offer him early. Both speak volumes about UConn's interest level in Reeves, and could pay major dividends down the road.
"I think it does [play a role], because they were the first team that saw something in me and thought that I could be a Division-I prospect," said Reeves. "The fact that they were my first [offer] means a lot to me."
UConn also offered a scholarship to Williams, a close friend of Reeves and a fellow rising junior at Catholic Memorial.
"We've been best friends since fourth grade," said Reeves. "It would be great to get the chance for both of us to attend the same college, if possible. It's great that we get to go through the same process together."
Though Reeves is listed as an athlete, he says most schools are looking at him as a cornerback. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect believes he has the attributes to thrive at the next level.
"I'd say my best assets are my speed and my ability to recognize formations," said Reeves. "I've been working on disguising coverages and making things harder for the quarterback to read."
Though it is still early in the process, Reeves is weighing all of his options very carefully. With four offers already in hand - and more expected to be on the way - Reeves is not rushing anything.
"It's so early, it's kind of hard to start narrowing down," said Reeves. "Right now, I'm just getting to know all the coaches and seeing how I fit on campus as well as on the football field."
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