January 16, 2008

Georgia standout heads to Troy

As it turns out, one trip to Oxford, Miss., was enough for Charles "Chip" Reeves.

The Stone Mountain, Ga., wide receiver has cancelled his scheduled visit to Ole Miss this weekend and has verbally committed to play at Troy.

He had visited Oxford during the Ole Miss-LSU game earlier this year.

The Rivals three-star recruit had offers from the Rebels, Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

"Troy is a perfect fit for me," Reeves said. "They made me feel wanted and they run the spread and that is my dream offense."

And Reeves is a perfect fit for the spread. In his senior season at SMHS, Reeves played in just six games after suffering a rib injury in the preseason jamboree. Still he was able to haul in 43 passes for 735 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for another 212 yards.

He played for his father, Charles, at Stone Mountain and th elder Reeves estimates his son tallied over 4,000 total yards in his career. He also scored 24 touchdowns and to round out his game, he intercepted ten passes.

Reeves' junior year was his best when he led DeKalb County with 1,879 total yards, despite drawing double and triple coverage.

"I am going to be able to play an outside receiver spot at Troy," Reeves said. "In high school I was in the slot a lot and I sometimes had three guys on me. At Troy I should see more man-to-man."

If he steps in as a freshman, Reeves should play the position Gary Banks had manned the past few seasons. Besides their receiving ability, the pair shares another common trait -- the ability to throw.

His senior season for the Trojans, Banks was 4-for-4 through the air for 62 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

"Yeah, I can throw the ball," Reeves said. "Last year I only threw once, but it was an 80-yard touchdown. The year before I threw a 55-yard touchdown."

His preseason injury kept Reeves off some school's radar, but according to the local media in Georgia, he was possibly the most underrated player in the state last season.

Reeves is Troy's third Rivals' three-star verbal commitment, joining defensive linemen Tim Lamb and Cedrick McKinley.


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