Former Florida DE Justus Reed commits to ACC school as rare 7th-year grad transfer
When a college football player signs with an FBS program, he’s expected to be on campus for 3-5 years depending on redshirting or entering the NFL Draft (though the transfer portal has changed that…). Former Clearwater (Florida) Central Catholic defensive end committed to UF on July 25, 2013, and signed as part of the Gators’ 2014 recruiting class. Six years later, he’s committing for a rare seventh year of eligibility.
Reed announced Friday that he has pledged to Virginia Tech. He shared the news via his Twitter account, posting two “committed” graphics:
Reed redshirted in 2014 and played in 11 games for the Gators, missing most of the 2016 season due to injury, before opting to transfer in April 2017. After the transfer, he ran into more injury trouble, which led to the NCAA granting two more seasons of eligibility, resulting in the rare seventh season. At Youngtown State, he missed more than half of the 2017 season and all of the 2018 season. Last year, finally healthy again, he logged 12.5 sacks.
According to College Football Talk of NBC Sports, Reed is just the fifth player this century to receive a seventh season of eligibility.
When the Will Muschamp staff recruited Reed to Florida, he was rated 3-stars, the No. 33 strong-side defensive end and No. 119 recruit in the state on the 247Sports Composite.