QB pledge uses visit to learn, get comfortable
Published: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 11:31 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 11:31 a.m.
It was hard to tear Jordan Reed away from Gainesville Sunday.
The New London, Conn., quarterback was in town for the weekend on his only official visit of the year and the 70-degree weather had Reed reaffirming his strong commitment to Florida.
“I love it,” the Rivals.com four-star prospect said of his time in Gainesville. “It’s hard coming back to Connecticut, especially when there’s snow everywhere.”
Snow might have been falling before and after he left New London, but Reed said he was in shorts when he arrived on UF’s campus and that he’s not worrying about taking any of his normal northeastern winter wear with him when he reports to camp in late July.
While Reed slept at the Hilton across from UF, he spent most of his time hanging out with his hosts, offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey. Reed said the three had a “blast” and passed time sitting around telling jokes and talking about his future with the Gators.
“It was cool, they were good guys,” Reed said. “Funny guys.”
Reed said he also look the opportunity to break down film with his future quarterback coach Scot Loeffler. The two have spent plenty of time together since Loeffler was hired on Jan. 6. Reed said Loeffler has made a few trips to New London for in-home visits.
Most recruits use their official visits to take advantage of a free trip and the chance to soak up the different college atmospheres, but Reed said he took his time this past weekend to learn. He and Loeffler discussed how Reed has enough athletic ability at the quarterback position, but that he needs to work on his throwing technique. Reed also said the two decided that he also needs to improve his ability to read coverage.
But Reed’s time in Gainesville wasn’t all about studying. He also got the chance to get to know a few of his future classmates as well. One with whom he connected with the best was Sanford, Fla., Seminole receiver Andre Debose. Reed said the two got a long well and he “definitely” looks forward to throwing a few passes to Debose in the coming months.
Besides mechanical and mental parts of his game, Reed said he’s also looking to get his body in the best shape possible before July. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound quarterback has not been given any sort of weight goal by UF’s coaches, but he’d like to get to around 225 pounds in the next few months.
“I’m just trying to get in shape,” he said. “Whatever weight that it gets me (in shape) that’s where I’m going to be.”
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