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There have been times when D.J. Reader thought he might be close to making a college decision, but it seems the highly sought lineman from Greensboro, N.C., is going to go the distance.

“I think it’s probably going to go until Signing Day,” said Reader, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound senior at Grimsley High.

Reader said he’s still down to a final three of Maryland, North Carolina and Clemson, and that Maryland – led by assistant Lee Hull – continues to pursue him vigorously. He took an official visit to College Park last month and said a few things stood out.

“Location and academics,” he said. “They’re supposed to be back out here after the dead period. They’re recruiting me hard … I really like [coach Randy Edsall].”

Reader, ranked the No. 6 offensive guard and No. 180 prospect in the country, is being recruited by all three schools as a defensive tackle. He said Maryland has been talking frequently about the prospect for early playing time.

“It’s important. Yeah, it’s really important, but it depends on how good the team is also,” he said.

Reader, also a standout baseball player who hopes to continue his career on the diamond in college, isn’t focusing much on recruiting right now. He’s in the midst of basketball season, as the starting center for Grimsley. All three finalists are about even right now.

“All of them have good education,” he said. “It’s going to be wherever I fit best.”

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