Ryne Reeves, a 6-foot-3, 295-pounder and two-time All-Nebraska offensive lineman for the Cardinals, committed to Nebraska on June 10, 2009, between his sophomore and junior years at Crete. He was the Huskers’ first recruit for this 2011 class, and as signing day approached, he said: “It’s finally starting to spiral down to the time when I can play.”
As a sophomore, Reeves started in basketball and qualified for the state track meet in the shot put. The offer from NU solidified football as his long-term future. The Huskers project him as a center.
“He understands the game," Crete coach Chuck McGinnis said. "Which allowed him to play multiple positions.”
A World-Herald All-Nebraska pick each of his past two seasons, Reeves was selected as one of the country's top linemen prospects by almost all major recruiting services. Scout.com and Rivals rank Reeves as the No. 4 center overall and have him as a four-star prospect. Rivals put Reeves on its 2010 All-America team, and rated him the No. 2 player in the state.
“He takes a lot of pride in his performance," said McGinnis. "He wants to go against the best players and wants to beat the best players, and I think that drive is going to serve him well when he gets to college.”
As a three-year starter at Crete, Reeved got used to winning, capping his Cardinals career with a Class B state championship in 2010. He also was the Class B champion in the shot put at 54-1 in May 2010, and threw 57-1 as a junior.
McGinnis thinks that Reeves “definitely would make a good center at the next level,” pointing to his big hands, athleticism, intelligence and football knowledge. Reeves also played enough defense as a senior to make 52 tackles.
Reeves said he will study economics at Nebraska.
Our take: Versatility is always good, and Reeves will bring it with his ability to play either guard or center. Not a stretch, though, to say he’s the Huskers’ center of the future. Possibly an underrated piece of this class because he committed so early. His immediate impact might hinge on how quickly he recovers from offseason surgeries to repair torn labrums in both shoulders (Reeves might not be lifting again until late spring).
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