Kahuku’s Reed commits to Virginia

Samson Reed of Kahuku gave an oral commitment to Virginia last weekend. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku defensive lineman Samson Reed gave his oral commitment to Virginia on Monday, according to the StreakingTheLawn.com website.

Reed is a 3-star recruit and is rated the No. 1 recruit in Hawaii by ESPN. He also has offers from Hawaii, Washington State, BYU, Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State and UNLV.

From the StreakingTheLawn website:

“This isn’t the moon-like nose tackle that is the protoype for a 3-man front. Instead, Reed is the prototype for the ‘silverback’ role that new defensive line coach Vic Sooto has been promoting: strong, fast, penetrating defensive linemen who complement an aggressive blitzing scheme. Think a Wade Phillips 3-4, instead of a Romeo Crennel 3-4. Reed shows that fast-twitch explosiveness and motor. He’ll need to bulk up, even as a silverback, but definitely has the frame for it. He has the genes for it, too. His dad, Tanoai Reed, is the stunt double for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.”

Reed has been a productive force on defense for the Red Raiders the last two seasons. He was part of the Kahuku Division I state championship team in 2015 and on the Open Division runner-up squad in 2016.

He will be a senior for new interim head coach Makoa Freitas this fall.


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