By Aaron Page
Dylan Reede is everything you look for in a Football Player. He has unmatched work ethic which he uses to master his technique to be a Top WR that coaches can rely on to make the big play when necessary. He knows the importance of the academic side of playing college football and also how critical it is to surround yourself with great mentors. Dylan has shown with his own hard work and determination the dream of playing NCAA football is possible for athletes coming out of Europe and will be a Role Model for generations of European American football players striving for the same goals.
How long have you been playing football?
I’ve been playing Football since I was 6 years old. I’ll turn 20 in July.
What are your strengths as a player ?
My strengths as a player are leadership, being coachable and to play with a chip on my shoulder. Dedication and passion are important to succeed in life. As a WR my strengths are (As I heard from all coaches) Being Physical, Quick of the line of scrimmage, My nickname is “7/11” because my route running will always get me open and my hands. You can throw a ball in Triple coverage and I will come off with it.
Who do you watch and try to play like?
I try to watch as much tape as possible. I love watching the freaks like Antonio Brown, Jarvis Landry, OBJ etc. But I get more excited of guys like Adam Thielen, Chris Hogan, Hunter Renfrow, Tanner Gentry & Brandon Zylstra. Some of these names are very unknown to the guys in Europe & the states but these are the guys I wanna play like. Most of them is that when I watch tape of myself I see an mix of these guys on the field. Also their stories are similar so on some point you feel a connection with these guys. I also try to get as much help as possible, for example having contact with a few off these guys shows how “normal” they are by giving advice to some random kid from Europe.
What are your expectations for this year?
Of course there are dreams & expectations coming to your first season playing College Football and my first full season playing in the United States. My dreams are simple: I want to win the National Championship this year. I want to take William Jewell to the Playoffs. My expectations are that with the group which is coming in & the talent of guys on the roster we can really compete for the playoffs this year with William Jewell. For myself I want to be a True Freshman, break receiving records and be an important guy on the team. Most of all I want the whole team to be a winning team and I think that’s both a dream and expectation but sure one we can get done with the high level of Football there is in Liberty.
How did you find the recruitment process and what ultimately made you decide on WJC?
The recruiting process has been one of the toughest things I had to face in life. It took over 2.5 years. After I became the first ever Non American MVP at the Boise State camp, it really helped myself to say: yes I definitely want to make it playing College Football and then after the second camp that really boosted my career in the states. In that Fall I went on my first visits I was a high recruit in the D3 level. Time went on I put up stats & weight and ended up getting D2 Interest. Time flew by and then last October I don’t know what happened but I went from a D3 recruit to a D2 walk – on recruit to getting my first offers from D1’s. In January this year was really the top point of my recruiting. I got an offer from Purdue and went to visit them. crazy feeling but amazing experience. I also went to visit Florida Tech & William Jewell. If you’re long into this process and you have some great friends & Coaches who coaches or played at the highest level of Football you get to know your chances better and where your future should be. To be real like if your under 6.3 as a WR and you don’t run a 4.22 you have nothing at the D1 level specially coming from Europe. Also after Purdue I knew where I needed to go to get the best our of my College career and with my height & size I’m better of at the D2 level. I just had to pick which school I wanted to go. My vision is clear, I want to go play in either the NFL or CFL but Life after Football is priority #1! You need to think about that whenever you can play 10 years in the NFL at some point there will be the Life after Football. I wanted to be ready for that. That’s why I picked the highest academic school there was and I just had this feeling with William Jewell which felt like coming home. I already said it a couple of times, Liberty, MO is a special place.
How did your relationship with your friends in the CFL guide your journey and decision process?
They helped me become a better player and person. To have two great friends who guide you through the process and everything. I don’t wanna say they helped me making my decision but they sure helped me in being ready to make that decision. They guide me on everything and I feel like if I haven’t had them with me the whole time then I would not be the player and person I am right now. Its great to have a mentor on your side. (Somebody who you can ask everything on and someone who puts all his time & effort in you to make you a better person and ready for College Ball.)
Name: Dylan Reede Age: 19 Position: WR Club/team: Amsterdam Crusaders Height/weight: 6.2/210 Senior Year Stats: 64 Rec. 974 Yards 16 TD’s 15.21 Avr. Yards per catch