Nearly two months ago on March 11th, Ohio State extended a scholarship offer to yet another 2014 Virginia prospect, 4-star athlete/safety C.J. Reavis. Reavis joined Virginia products Da'Shawn Hand, Andrew Brown, and Jalyn Holmes as Buckeye scholarship holders. Additionally out of Virginia, signal caller Caleb Henderson visited Columbus two weeks ago and holds the Buckeyes in high regard.
Reavis, who is projected as a safety at the next level, is rated a 90 overall, the 275th best overall player in the 2014 class, the 25th best overall athlete in the nation, and the 10th best player out of Virginia, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. After a good showing in Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp last summer and a Columbus visit this past August, the recruitment for Reavis really started to heat up, eventually resulting in a scholarship offer. Ohio State is one of the few midwestern schools that Reavis is considering, and he tells me that he plans on heading back to Columbus sometime this summer as well as attend a home game for an official visit. Get to know the versatile athlete out of Chester, Virginia as he talks his junior season, Buckeye football, his recruitment, and some other interesting topics here:
How'd your junior season at Thomas Dale go?
It went pretty good. Our team went 4-6, so not that great as a team.
What about your season from a personal standpoint?
I had 107 tackles, 1 interception, and 2 forced fumbles. I'd say it went pretty good.
What's your favorite part about playing safety? What other positions do you play?
I like coming down and making the big hit. I play wide receiver too. I love scoring touchdowns and making plays.
What is your biggest strength?
I'd say tackling is my best skill
What part of your game do you need to work on the most?
I'm going to work on getting in and out of my breaks faster. That's how defensive backs get better, and I want to get better.
Let's get into your recruitment now. What are the main schools recruiting you currently?
Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Tennessee
Do you have any favorite schools right now?
No, I can't give you any favorites right now.
Of all the schools recruiting you, are there any coaching staffs that stand out or that you have the best relationships with?
No, I have great relationships with all of those schools.
What do you like about Ohio State?
It's a big program; It's Ohio State. It's got big tradition, and their defensive coach, Coach [Everett] Withers, can teach me a lot.
Who is the main coach from Ohio State recruiting you? How often do you speak, and what do you guys talk about?
Coach Withers. We speak about every two weeks. He says to call him, so I hit him up and we talk about going down to visit. He wants me to get to know campus and get more acquainted with Coach [Urban] Meyer.
Do you plan on visiting Ohio State this spring? If not, when do you plan on visiting?
I'll get there sometime this summer.
What have been your best overall college visits so far?
All of them have been really good. My visit to Tennessee was a great time.
I know it's early, but do you have any idea of when you want to announce your decision?
I'd like to make my decision on August 3rd.
I know you camped at Friday Night Lights last summer, but do you plan on participating in any more of Ohio State's camps this summer?
I'll be at Ohio State sometime this summer. I may go to Friday Night Lights and just watch, since I already camped.
How do you deal with the pressure of the recruiting process and being such a highly touted recruit?
I just stay humble. There are a lot of fans on twitter talking to you and stuff, but I just focus on working hard and improving my game.
Did you get a chance to watch the Buckeyes this past season? Which players did you like watching the best?
Yeah, I didn't get to watch them that much but their wide receivers really impressed me. Of course, also their quarterback.
Will Ohio State be one of your official visits next fall?
Role Models: My parents.
Best Subject in School: Math.
Hobbies: Playing football and working out.
Movies: Step Brothers and All About the Benjamins.
TV Shows: ESPN and Family Guy.
Favorite Sports Teams: The [Los Angeles] Lakers, and I like the San Diego Chargers.
Watch what C.J. would bring to the Buckeyes below:
Thanks again to C.J. for a great interview and taking the time to give Buckeye Nation a chance to get to know you. Good luck in the recruiting process and your senior season.
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