(Photo Courtesy of Ponte Vedra Lacrosse)
On Thursday, Chris Feifs and the Vermont Catamounts landed a commitment in the 2022 class, as junior Ponte Vedra, Fla., midfielder Jack Reed announced that he would be taking his talents to Burlington.
The Sunshine State native is the third midfielder and sixth overall commitment in the class for the Catamounts, joining Wahconah Regional, Mass., attackman Caden Padelford, Lutheran, Minn., defenseman Joe Ims, Jesuit, Ore., midfielder Tatum Lewis, and Episcopal, Pa., midfielder Tristan Whitaker.
“Vermont felt like it was the one for me,” Reed told Lacrosse Bucket “It is an experience that cannot be reached as it is in such a unique location. The teams morals and goals are what I strive to do on a daily. The academics were another thing.”
Vermont head coach Chris Feifs initially reached out to Reed earlier this month. He stated that he has been in great contact with both Coach Fiefs and offensive coordinator Jake Bernhardt. Reed said that he has taken multiple virtual tours of campus and plans to get up to Vermont for an official visit once things open up, which will be next year with the NCAA having extended the dead period through January 1st.
The 6-foot-1, 175 pound midfielder runs both ways and has shown the ability to be a playmaker on both ends. He helped lead Ponte Vedra to an 8-2 record before the 2020 season was cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
As far as what aspects of his game he is looking to improve upon, Reed stated that there are areas on both ends that he is focusing on. “I plan to improve my defensive IQ, the anticipation of plays before it happens more. On the offensive side I plan to work on separation to get my hands free and fire the ball.”
While Reed and his squad will be looking to defend their 2019 state title, first and foremost, he mentioned that he really wants to be more of a leader and put together as best of a season as he can. “I plan to work on stepping up and being a role model along some of my fellow teammates Joe Taraboletti and Nolan Parlette,” Reed said. “My main goal is to have just a break out season and hold my own as we roll through the season.”