When offensive lineman Tyler Reid (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) moved from Pittsburgh to Missouri, he brought a lot of expectation with him – on and off the field.
As a versatile lineman, Reid was someone who could play multiple positions on the line. He started at either guard or center all season long for a Lee’s Summit West team that advanced to the Missouri Class 5 state semifinals.
Off the field, Reid has brought to the program a desire to be the best student-athlete possible. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound lineman is ranked No. 2 in his class.
As the spring continues and summer approaches, his focus now is to land a few scholarship offers. Currently, he has no offers, but has been hearing regularly from Ivy League schools Penn, Cornell and Dartmouth, in addition to some other smaller schools.
“I’ve been hitting the gym hard this offseason, lifting and working on footwork, and I intend to draw some interest,” Reid said. “I’m keeping my hopes up, and I hope that my grades will help draw some attention.”
Reid transferred to LSW last June. He played varsity as a sophomore at Pittsburgh-area power Upper St. Clair, a school that lost to North Allegheny (Pa.) in overtime in the WPIAL Class 4A state championship game this past season.
Reid still ventures to Pennsylvania. In fact, he will be attending the prospects camp at Pittsburgh, as well as a football camp at Penn this summer. Additionally, Reid said he will attend the NUC Camp in Wichita, Kan., in April and the Chicagoland Showcase on the Northwestern campus this summer.
Reid said he’s looking to play in a program that has a great coaching staff, a high competitive nature and excellent academics. Whether or not that involves a BCS program is yet to be determined.
“I’ve played football since kindergarten,” Reid said, “and I can’t see myself giving it up.”