Monday, January 23, 2012
CM's Reeves courting Michigan, Ohio St., PSU
By Roger Brown
When Catholic Memorial linebacker Camren Williams decommitted from Penn State and committed to Ohio State last week, an obvious question lingered: Would his best friend and teammate Armani Reeves follow him to the Buckeyes?
Like Williams, Reeves -- a four-star athlete, and ESPN Boston's Offensive Player of the Year -- committed to Penn State last summer. Both players began to explore other options when the coaching shuffle began at Penn State. Michigan and Ohio State have led the charge to land Reeves, who is expected to play defensive back in college.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke visited Reeves at his home Saturday, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is scheduled to make an in-home visit today.
Reeves took an official visit to Michigan earlier this month, and visited Ohio State with Williams on Wednesday. Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is scheduled to meet with Reeves on Tuesday night, when Reeves has a varsity basketball game.
Although he met with Penn State coaches last Monday, it's still unclear whether Reeves will take his official visit to Penn State this weekend.
“I have still not talked to him in detail about whether or not he'll take his visit to Penn State,” said Cam's father Brent Williams, who is Reeves' godfather and has served as a spokesperson for both players during much of the recruiting process. “I've read reports that he's down to Michigan and Ohio State, but at this point I don't know that that is accurate. I do know he has had a couple of conversations with [Penn State coach] Bill O'Brien.
“I've told these guys if you want me to answer questions for you, you've got to give me information.”
Reeves got to watch O'Brien at work Sunday, when he attended the AFC Championship Game [O'Brien is still working as New England's offensive coordinator]. NCAA rules prevented O'Brien from meeting with Reeves at Gillette Stadium.
Brent Williams said it would be wrong to assume that his son and Reeves are a package deal.
“I know people think otherwise, but Armani has been advised to do what's best for you,” Brent Williams said. “The need for Armani at Penn State is different than the need for Camren –- it wasn't as great for Cam, just because of the numbers at that position.
“I do believe Cam made the decision that was best for him because how they're gonna do things at Penn State is different [the the prior coaching staff would have done them]. I'm not saying it's better or worse, but it's different. Cam didn't have a relationship with the remaining staff.
“I know that they both envisioned going to college together, but I think that all changed when everything happened at Penn State. I can tell you that we have had the conversation about Cam going to Ohio State and Armani at Michigan.”
Reeves is the top recruit from Massachusetts in the Class of 2012. Williams is the state's No. 2 prospect.
Reeves is expected to make his decision before national signing day (Feb. 1).
“He has [basketball] games Tuesday and Friday this week, so it's probably not going to be before the weekend if it's just the two schools [Michigan and Ohio State],” Brent Williams said. “If Penn State is still in the picture maybe Monday or Tuesday of next week. It'll be before next Wednesday that's for sure.”