On Wednesday morning, the TCU Horned Frogs added the sixth commitment to their 2013 recruiting class with the pledge of Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal tight end Charlie Reid, as broken on Twitter by Gerry Hamilton of 247Sports.
A consensus three-star prospect by the recruiting services, Reid held 12 offers before making his decision, including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Texas, Oregon State, UCLA and Utah. He's the second tight end commit for the Horned Frogs in the last two days, joining Springtown (Texas) prospect Bryson Burtnett.
Burnt Orange Nation recruiting contributor HaroldHill wrote a scouting report on Reid back in March:
For Reid's evaluation I thought about just typing "see: Jeremiah Gaines", as they have similar blends of size and speed and are used more as receivers than traditional tight ends by their respective teams. Reid looks a little faster than Gaines but is not as athletic, and the difference in speed might disappear if Reid were carrying the same weight Gaines has. Reid's school competes in Division II of the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC), and in his highlights he looks fast enough to outrun and tall enough to outjump most defenders who attempt to cover him. And it certainly helped him that his team's quarterback was 2012 UCLA signee T.J. Millweard.
Rivals lists his 40-yard-dash time at 4.58, 247Sports at 4.65. From watching his highlights I would buy that he has speed in that range. At the 0:12 mark of this highlight video he lines up in the slot, runs a simple slant route, finds some open space and catches the pass, then outruns the entire Brownwood secondary (which probably included 2012 UT signee Kevin Vaccaro) to the end zone for an 88-yard touchdown. On three other plays (the very first one, at 0:50, and at 0:57) he is thrown a jump ball in the corner of the end zone and simply out-leaps his defender for the touchdown, making a nice one-handed grab to do so on the last of those three. In other clips he can be seen running drag routes, curl routes, wheel routes, and a fly route. He runs them all pretty well but will need to be smoother getting in and out of his breaks when facing collegiate defenders. He isn't shown doing much blocking, and when he is he appears to be blocking defensive backs and not linebackers or defensive ends.
At 6'4, Reid has the pure heigh to play in-line tight end in college, but at 225 pounds, he needs to add a significant amount of mass/strength before he can hold his own against defensive ends.
Still, he's further along in his development in terms of his weight than 2012 signee Griffin Gilbert and could contribute as an H-back or flex tight end until his body develops.