February 27, 2012

Versatile Reid still reeling from TCU offer

Fort Worth All Saints tight end Charlie Reid talked to PurpleMenace.com Saturday night after attending TCU's junior day that morning and was thrilled about his offer to play football for his hometown school. Monday afternoon, he still couldn't believe the offer.

"I never really even looked at TCU as a school that I'd be at," the 6-foot-4, 225 pound Reid said. "Living here my most of my life and passing by, it's just TCU. I've never had a chance to go in and appreciate it."

At All Saints in 2011 Reid led his team in receiving with 41 catches for 650 yards and five touchdowns, catching passes from 2012 UCLA signee T.J. Millweard. Saints head coach Aaron Beck said Reid lined up all over the field last season.

"He's probably a prototypical H-back for college," Beck said. "(Colleges) recruit these tight end hybrid guys that can play in the slot and play tight and come out of the backfield as well."

While Beck called Reid "the epitome of a team player," that doesn't mean the senior-to-be doesn't have a favorite place to play.

"I love playing slot receiver," Reid said. "You get a lot of mismatches from the linebacker and get a chance to make plays on some of the shorter routes."

His speed is what will allow him to cause those mismatches. Beck said Reid runs a 4.5 40-time and anchors All Saints' 4x100 relay team, which ran a 44.3 en route to a first place finish at the season's opening meet last Friday.

"We won by a landslide," Reid said.

And while he said track adds speed that could help him create separation on the football field, Reid and his high school coach know he needs to add weight.

"Right now I'm probably a little undersized to be a great blocker at the next level, but I'll get in the weight program and gain mass and weight train and be ready," Reid said.

"Sometimes the guys with really long wingspans, like Charlie has, struggle with upper-body strength," Beck said. "But Charlie is such a workout fanatic and has a strong upper-body."

Reid said he would like to add 10 to 15 pounds and get more coaching on blocking as a down lineman before he plays his first college game.

"I pride myself on being a good blocker in the open field out of a two point stance, but I feel that I can be a good blocker out of a three point stance with good coaching."

Right now, the Horned Frogs have several blocking tight ends on their roster and Reid said the coaching staff told him they'd be looking for one big, blocking tight end and one athletic tight end in 2013. Reid thinks he could be the vertical threat TCU is looking for and isn't worried about the number of options piling up at wide receiver for Frog quarterbacks.

"It means they're going to throw to the receivers, but if we realize where the tight end is, there could be mismatches," he said.

Reid is also interested in Rice, Texas and Oklahoma State and said he wanted to make his decision this spring.

"I want to be ready to play senior year and not worry about recruiting."

He's looking for much more than football at the school he lands at though, and one of those things is following in father's footsteps into the business world.

"(TCU) has a good entrepreneur program and a good business school," Reid said. "All Saints is like a family and I (felt) that from TCU, and that's something special."

Aside from his receiving and blocking, Reid has one more thing for his future teammates to look forward to.

"I'm not a good singer, but I like to sing."

No matter where he lands, his new coaches will surely be hoping the music he makes on the field is better than how he sounds in the locker room.

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