FROSTPROOF, Fla. — The Cleveland Reed experience at a Fort Meade (Fla.) Middle-Senior High School weightlifting meet needs all the help it can get. The 4-star guard, who signed with Miami’s Class of 2018 during December, doesn’t have many competitors in Polk County who provide the same sort of predicament Reed does.
He already knows he’s going to run away with the bench press portion of the Class 1A-District 14 boy’s weightlifting meet Wednesday in Frostproof. Now he sets up beneath the bar trying to hit his typical max. The judges and volunteers stack 200 pounds worth of weight on either side. They bring over an extra volunteer to help get the 400 pounds unracked and down to Reed’s chest.
Reed pushes the bar up halfway with ease, then starts to slow down. Cell phones cameras from all different sources — family, friends, opposing coaches, random spectators — are pointed at the soon-to-be Hurricanes player as he keeps pushing. A second or two later, the bar is back on the rack. A miniature roar erupts inside the sparsely packed at Frostproof Middle-Senior High School gymnasium. Reed put up 400 pounds on the bench. He would add another 275 pounds to his total from the clean and jerk about a half-hour later to finish with 675, good for a district title in the heavyweight division.Cleveland Reed benches 400 pounds.
Reed has been as active as could be since signing with Miami. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound lineman was in the middle of boy’s basketball season when he signed during the early signing period. Now he’s full bore into the weightlifting postseason. Reed, who also played tackle and defensive tackle at Fort Meade Middle-Senior, punched his ticket to the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A-Region 7 meet on March 21. In all likelihood, Reed will compete at the Class 1A championship April 6 in Panama City Beach, Fla.
The Hurricanes will have some openings along the offensive line when Reed arrives in Coral Gables, Fla. He’ll inevitably be working from behind in some regards. His strength in the weight room won’t be one of them.
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