A 4 Star recruit out of Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, MA), Sophomore Cornerback Armani Reeves was a late 2012 commitment to the Buckeyes after decommitting from Penn State following the Sandusky scandal. Reeves joined best friend and high school teammate Camren Williams as commits from what is not normally an Ohio State pipeline out of Massachusetts. The scandal, as well as Urban Meyer’s recruit flipping skills turned Reeves to Columbus, but the idea of joining his friend could not have hurt things.
Reeves saw limited playing time in 2012, but that was to be expected with Travis Howard and Bradley Roby roaming the defensive secondary. He did manage to record 2 tackles to go along with his 45 kickoff return yards on two catches. Reeves will look to break through the logjam of elite corners vying to unseat Doran Grant on the field opposite All-Everything Roby. It is there that he might face the stiffest competition of his playing career to date.
One of the first things that Head Coach Urban Meyer identified in Ohio State was the lack of shutdown corners coming out of DBU and immediately hit the road to rectify the situation. His relentless efforts led to the signing of Reeves as well as newcomers Eli Apple and Cam Burrows. Those two, combined with Tyvis Powell, who looks to have locked up the Star position, may prevent Reeves from seeing the field for extended time unless the Alabama native can break away during fall practice. Where you are likely to see Reeves is in multiple wide receivers sets, covering that 3rd or 4th receiver.
Like Adam Griffin, if Reeves wants to start at Ohio State, he has got to make his mark soon, or he risks being overshadowed by the up and coming Freshman behind him. If he can make a name for himself as the type of corner that Meyer expects to come out of Ohio State, he can easily separate himself and earn that starting position.
Fall practice will tell us much more about that second cornerback position, but for now Reeves is fighting a Sisyphean battle to see the field. It would truly be a shame if such a highly touted recruit were to fall to the wayside, so here is to hoping that the young man from New England can break on through and wow the Saturday crowds of the Horseshoe.
Junior year highlights below courtesy of 24/7 Sports.