Indicative of a high caliber team leader, when I tracked down 2014 Mullen lineman Reid Stables he had just finished working out. Next season Stables' play on the offensive line is crucial for a Mullen squad that lost 21 seniors to graduation. Last season the 6-3 293 pounder helped anchor Mullen's line from the inside, this upcoming season, the mauler will get a chance to show his athleticism moving to tackle. Stables will need to adjust to the position move quickly as he helps tutor the offensive line and protects one of three potential starting QBs, all of whom are under classmen.
A known commodity on the inside, Stables is a beast when he gets his hands on defenders. Stables also shows the ability to move, pull and get to the next level. Looking at needed improvements to his game Stables says, "I think there is always room for improvement in foot speed when you are a big guy."
Not just a leader on the field Stables is a leader in the classroom boasting a 4.4 weighted GPA. These grades along with his game has garnered Stables attention from top academic schools. Stables likes Vanderbilt, Harvard and Cornell because, "they carry very high academic and football standards." Stables plans on camping at Vanderbilt and Harvard this summer and will also visit Cornell, Columbia and potentially Duke.
Wanting to keep his options open, Stables is very interested in Colorado, Colorado State and Northern Colorado. Along with the schools mentioned South Dakota State is showing strong interest in Stables as a prospect.
A very smart player, who is technically very sound Stables, will, at some point, pick up an initial offer. If he excels at tackle, showing DIs he has the necessary athleticism, look for Stables' offer sheet to grow during the season.