Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ranch's Reiter backup center heading into USF spring game

Former Lakewood Ranch standout Austin Reiter appears to be right on scheduled as he moves towards his redshirt freshman season at the University of South Florida.

The 6-4, 273-pound Reiter is second on the depth chart at center for USF’s spring game this Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. Reiter is behind Kevin McCaskill, a six-foot, 315 pounder who will be a redshirt senior next season.

A former All-Area first team selection Reiter left Lakewood Ranch early and enrolled at USF last winter. He took part it last year’s spring practice, but sat out the season.

When Reiter signed with USF, Lakewood Ranch head coach Shawn Trent said he was told his former played would back up McCaskill as a freshman and be in position to take over the starting job at center when he becomes a redshirt sophomore.

When he was a senior at Lakewood Ranch, Reiter was used at right offensive tackle and spearheaded one of the best running games in Manatee-Sarasota County. He was offered scholarships to Wake Forest, UCF, FIU, Middle Tennessee State, Miami, West Virginia and Cincinnati.

Southeast High graduate Faron Hornes, who will be headed into his senior year at USF, is listed as a backup slot receiver for the Bulls.

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