Despite Top 10 SPARQ rating, St. Cloud receiver gets the snub from ESPN/Nike event

The Prospector: No Opening for St. Cloud's Jordan Reus

"I didn't want to watch. But I had to … to see who I should have been competing against and to see where I could have ended up," Reus said.

He won’t waste the snub, using it instead for motivation.

“Not getting invited definitely fuels me to work harder to get noticed,” Reus said. “But it would have been great for exposure and people recognizing me as far as colleges and all that .. as far as working out I just put it in my head and it makes me work harder.”

He also knows he's not the only one licking his snub wounds.

"I talked to Dominic Walker about it. He's a great receiver, and he didn't get invited. He shoulda been there," Reus said.

Reus will just have to let his performances on the field determine his fate. Not that there’s anything wrong with the old-fashioned way.

It won't be easy. St. Cloud's quarterback of the past three seasons is gone. Phillip Steinmetz graduated. So too is much of the offensive line.

He could have transferred, like many players do in similar situations. His father Jim Reus said he wanted no part of that. He wanted to stick it out with his friends and finish where he started.

"He works his butt off," says dad. "He just needs that one little break."

Something tells me Jordan Reus will get that little break, and then some.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at chays@tribune.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.
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