ESCANABA - The son of an Escanaba High School football alum is starting to gain major attention from college football recruiters.
Reed Larson, a senior running back-linebacker at Kingsford High School, is being courted heavily by Big Ten members Michigan State University and University of Minnesota.
Central Michigan and Western Michigan, both Division 1 schools in the Mid-American Conference, and Division 2 GLIAC members Northern Michigan University and Ferris State University are also on the trail.
He is the son of Eric Larson, who played on the EHS team which took Class A runner-up honors in the 1979 state playoffs. Eric Larson, who now lives in Kingsford, serves as shot put and discus coach with the Kingsford track teams.
Reed Larson, 17, ran for 1,186 yards last season. The highlight came when he ran for a school-record 303 yards and scored six touchdowns against Escanaba. The six TDs equalled the mark of Ryan Wender, now a teacher and head track coach at Escanaba High School.
Minnesota is looking at Larson as a running back while MSU is looking at running back or linebacker, said Eric Larson. He said the Spartans figure he can cover the run or pass against the growing legion of spread offenses.
At 5-foot-11, 204 pounds, he could also play defensive back.
Eric Larson said his son tested very highly during an MSU visit. In the horizontal leap he had a best-ever MSU mark of 10-feet-8 and did 37-5 in the vertical leap. He was timed at 4.25 at NMU and 4.28 at MSU in the 40-yard dash.
Since Larson is a late-comer in the recruiting efforts, he likely would be offered one of five preferred walk-on opportunities available at MSU with a chance to get scholarship aid the following year.
Eric Larson said the schools will look at films of early-season games to help in their evaluation decision.