CLEARWATER – Defensive end Tramar Reece exploded onto the scene in his first full varsity season a year ago as a junior. The 6’3″, 217-pounder is out to prove himself even further as a fierce edge rusher in his senior season at Clearwater.
Up from his weight 180 lbs. this past season, Reece is on a meal plan as he’s aiming to reach the 235-pound mark by the time he leaves high school.
He recorded 31 tackles, 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception last year. Reece played eight games from freshman and sophomore year on varsity before playing as a full-time starter this past season.
During his first two seasons, Clearwater struggled to get anything going as they went 4-16 under head coach Donnie Abraham. In 2015, assistant coach Don Mesick took over and led the Tornadoes to an 8-3 record and their first playoff appearance since 2004.
Clearwater lost in the 6A region quarterfinals to Port Charlotte. Reece called last season something different and says that Mesick brought the team together, playing as one.
“Around the school, it was pretty crazy,” Reece told Prep Sports Scouting. “We usually have a decent amount of fans coming out, but during the season everyone started coming out and that’s when we had more players wanting to be part of the team…
“It was definitely harder because we had to maintain that level of play throughout the season and I think we were up for the challenge, but we just came short.”
Reece says that he knew Mesick was going to be able to help turn the team around. That sentiment came after Mesick talked to a group that stayed after the 2013 season where the Tornadoes went 0-10.
“In the meeting, he talked about how he respected us and how we are going to get to where we want to be. We can go a long way. We did just that by making the playoffs last season.”
Reece admitted that he didn’t start taking the game serious until this past season and he simply went through the motions prior to that. However, he’s trying to take this journey all the way.
His first spring game against Hillsborough helped him gained plenty of confidence.
“It was my first time playing high school ball as a freshman coming onto varsity. I wasn’t intimidated but it was my first time. It wasn’t easy, but I got through it.”
Reece started playing football at age 4. He played quarterback for two seasons until switching to defense. He says he lined up on both sides of the ball and played everything but punter and kicker.
Reece has 24 offers on his plate, but on June 19 he committed to Indiana. Here’s why.
“I liked Indiana since last year and the year before when they got Jonathan [Crawford] and Donovan [Hale] from Largo. I started thinking, I like them and they must have liked them since they committed there. I did more research on the team and the school and then I went up there. It was great, I loved the area and the places surrounding.”
He says he also loved the coaches and the fact that the school is in a college town. Reece felt a family vibe that he was already a part of.
Defensive coordinator Tom Allen and defensive line coach Mark Hagen are two coaches that Reece says he bonded with right away. He chats with coach Allen at least once a week talking about anything from football, life to basketball. He already has a connection with him and his son Plant linebacker and Indiana commit Thomas Allen.
Reece’s top five list ended up as this: Indiana, Iowa State, Duke, Bowling Green, Central Florida.
Louisville, Purdue, Illinois, Florida Atlantic and Florida International rounded out his top 10.
As for his biggest strengths, Reece pointed to his take off, edge ability, length and athleticness. He wants to improve his sack total and continue to get better, stronger and quicker than everyone else.
Reece’s biggest role model is his late mom, who passed away last October just a day before Clearwater’s 49-20 district title win over Osceola. He had two key fumble recoveries in an inspired performance.
“She was always helping somebody else and that’s what I want to do. She was never worried about herself. She had heart and that’s what you have to do on the field. She never missed one of my games. She was always busy, but she always made time for me.”
In terms of his ultimate goal, Reece wants to make it the pros. Off the field, he wants to graduate from college and help others as much as he can. He plans to study law in college with the hopes of becoming a sports agent.
It’s hard to find a more gifted defensive end in the area. Reece doubles as a forward on the varsity basketball team and brings such a high motor and intensity to each and every snap out on the field.
Tramar Reece is very motivated to do his best on and off the field and that is awesome to see. There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll thrive at Indiana as a pure pass rusher. He should be solid in his final high school season at Clearwater now that he’s packed on the muscle.
Favorite players to watch – Michael Vick, Odell Beckham Jr., JJ Watt, Adrian Peterson
Playlist before games – Migos, J. Cole, Rich Homie Quan
Favorite movie – Any Given Sunday
Favorite TV show – Teen Titans
Fun fact about you that no one knows – “I’m always happy. It takes a lot to get me down.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “The Freak”
Game film: Reece’s Hudl tape
Here’s a look at Reece’s lone sack against CCC in the spring game on May 27.
Tramar Reece with a big sack for Clearwater forcing a CCC FG attempt. Which is no good. pic.twitter.com/YihscPMeCh
— Jake Perper (@JakePerper) May 28, 2016
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