March 8, 2011

Everybody's equal for D.J. Reader

One of the biggest recruits, literally and figuratively, on the Pack's recruiting board for this cycle is in-state lineman D.J. Reader, a product of Greensboro (N.C.) Grimsley High. The big man checks in at 6-2, 340-pounds and has every area school salivating at the prospects of the Rivals250 listee playing on their line in the future.

Reader is being recruited by defensive backs coach Mike Reed, and the gigantic lineman admitted that the coach is one of the biggest advantages NC State has in its corner.

"I like NC State," he said. "I like coach Reed and I have a good time there. NC State is a close school. I like the school, the campus and all of that stuff.

"The atmosphere is really good, it's really family-like � and it's an improving team."

The elite junior listed the majority of the ACC as already giving verbal offers, while South Carolina also recently joined the list. Reader, who is also a stud prospect on the baseball diamond and also plays basketball, admitted that playing in the ACC does appeal to him.

Another factor that could help NC State is its tradition of dual-sport stars. Reader is a legitimate baseball prospect at the highest level, and there is even talk that he could be drafted in the upcoming draft. Quarterback Russell Wilson pulled double-duty on the diamond during his career with the Pack and, this spring, T.J. Graham has been busy while competing for the track and field team with the coaching staffs' blessing.

"It would be a plus if I could do baseball in college," Reader said. "It would be really fun to do both."

Reader is being recruited by the Pack as an offensive guard and the majority of other schools also have a vision of playing the big man on offense. He revealed that he won't be graduating early, something he hinted might be a possibility in earlier interviews, and that he doesn't have a timeline for his decision, but his parents have asked him to stay within an eight-hour drive of his home.

Reader made the trip to Clemson last weekend and has also attended Junior Days at Duke and North Carolina. Right now, though, the lineman is saying everybody is on equal footing.

"Every school is about the same," he said. "Nobody really stands out right now."

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