is in rarefied air in high school basketball's Class of 2014.
The Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.)
-bound big man is one of as few as three true 7-footers on the radar of major Division I programs in the rising senior class.
Thursday, Reed delivered a verbal commitment to Maryland following a weekend visit. 247Sports.com Director of Basketball Scouting Jerry Meyer has Reed pegged as the No. 68 overall prospect in the 2014 class.
"The one thing you can count on with Reed is that he can protect the rim," Meyer said. "It's not easy to find legitimate rim protectors."MaxPreps.com's 2014 Division I prospect database
(which includes nearly 1,000 players) lists just two other 7-footers: Pascal Chukwu
of Fairfield Prep (Conn.)
and Isaac Haas
of Hokes Bluff (Ala.)
That's part of what makes Reed intriguing. He's been viewed as a bit of a project and didn't garner any significant postseason honors as a junior at Shiloh (Snellville, Ga.)
. But over the summer he played a valuable role for Nike EYBL champs E1T1 and generated positive reports at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Virginia.
"Reed doesn't project as a big offensive threat, but if he builds up his body and becomes tougher, he could be a major rebounding and defensive force," Meyer said of the future Terrapin.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has scuffled through his first two seasons in College Park – going 14-20 in ACC play – but is maintaining a positive vibe on the recruiting trail.
In addition to Reed, the Terrapins have verbal commitments from Top 100 guards Romelo Trimble
(No. 35) and Dion Wiley
(No. 58). A fourth Maryland pledge, 6-6 wing Jared Nickens
, is just outside of the Top 100 at No. 105.