It’s kind of amazing that with the recruiting class of 2017 more than half full, a big-time target like Charles Reeves, Jr. remains a bit under the radar among Syracuse fans. In truth, the massive, athletic tight end is one of the most high profile players the Orange are pursuing. And by all accounts, Syracuse expects to be right in the thick of things with this elite playmaker up until the end.

The Steubenville, Ohio native is 6-foot-6, 240 and boasts outstanding speed and athleticism for that size. He reports a time of 4.61 in the 40 on his HUDL page, while Scout has him listed at 4.67. Either way, that’s one hell of a good time for a pass catcher of his proportions. Reeves is also a standout on the basketball court, meaning his athleticism extends beyond just being a straight line runner.

Reeves is rated by Scout as the top tight end prospect in Ohio, and the No. 176 player in the country overall. He’s a 4-star talent with offers from the likes of Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Pitt, and Tennessee, in addition to Syracuse. Ohio State hasn’t offered yet, of course, and if the Buckeyes extend to the in-state talent, that’ll likely be a game-changer in Reeves’ recruitment.

With his combination of size, speed, and excellent hands, Reeves is a serious mismatch in any passing attack. He’s got the speed to beat linebackers in coverage, and the size to dominate smaller defensive backs. If you’re looking for a third down or a red zone target, he’s about as good a pass catcher you could hope for in terms of measurables.

Obviously, tight ends haven’t played a particularly big role in the Dino Babers offense, historically. However, that’s been dictated by the personnel that Babers has had to work with. With a player like Reeves, it adds another element to an already potent offensive attack. The Orange are likely to take at least one tight end, and will more likely add two in this cycle. None is higher on the list for Syracuse than Charles Reeves.

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