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THIBODAUX –– Facing the biggest loss of his young life, Thibodaux High student Trovon Reed asked his mother, Roszaina Johnson, what he could do to make her proud when she was gone.

“She said ‘Continue toward your goal, and don’t stop for nothing,’ ” Reed recalled. “I took that in.”

Since his mother died March 6 after a four-month battle with stomach cancer, Reed, an 18-year-old senior-to-be, has honored her wishes with strong showings at numerous college football camps this summer that have garnered him national acclaim.

Reed is the nation’s No. 15 overall college recruit, according to recruiting Web site rivals.com, and he has scholarship offers from most of the country’s top programs, including LSU, Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas.

He will have an opportunity to further raise his profile in the upcoming months during his final high-school season and a handful of showcase events, including the Gridiron Kings event in Orlando next month, the Hawaii vs. Mainland Bowl in Hawaii in December and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

Reed’s family and friends are hosting a benefit dinner for him July 18 at Martin Luther King Park in Thibodaux to help cover the costs of his school and football activities during his senior year. Reed’s accomplishments, family and friends agree, would have made his mother proud.

“She meant the world to me,” Reed said. “I would give up anything to have my mama back.”

Family and friends say Reed is not one to get caught in the recruiting hype. They refer to him as a regular kid who enjoys joking around, spending time with friends and playing as West Virginia quarterback Pat White on college-football video games.

“He’s very lovable, very respectful,” said 34-year-old Delicia Carter, the oldest of Reed’s three siblings. “He’s a good child. ... “We’re very excited for him. We knew one day he would get to this point.”

While he likes to unwind off the field, Reed does not watch his highlights online.

He speaks about his accomplishments in a voice that barely registers above a whisper. But it’s his ability to run past defenders, dart around them and make the amazing play look effortless leaves other speechless.

“If you didn’t know him, you wouldn’t know he’s a recruit,” family friend Sean Nelson of Thibodaux said. “Some people brag about themselves and have a walk about them. But, if you don’t look on the Internet, you would never know with him.”

Reed’s mother initially objected to him playing football. He attended his first Bantam football game with his uncle, after sneaking out his back window. He experienced immediate success on the field, and his mother soon began attending games.

She was in the stands last year as Reed, who plays various positions, including quarterback, helped lead Thibodaux to a perfect 8-0 regular season record and a district title. Thibodaux eventually reached the quarterfinal round in the state 5A playoffs, the school’s deepest run since its championship season in 1991.

It was amid all his success that he learned his mother, who had always been his biggest fan, had terminal cancer and would be dead by that time next year.

Reed did not immediately tell his coaches and teammates. But Thibodaux head coach Dennis Lorio knew something was wrong after watching Reed struggle at practice.

“He took it hard,” Lorio said of Reed’s reaction to his mother’s cancer diagnosis.

Reed and his teammates would gather before games and say a prayer for her and other people close to the football team dealing with hardships. Lorio started the practice as a way of coping for players who suffered damage from hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

“Going into games, I never wanted to disappoint her,” Reed said. “I always wanted to play my best.”

Lorio expects more of Reed’s best this season as Thibodaux looks to repeat as district champions.

So, too, does Reed.

He said he has not decided whether he will do anything special to honor her before or during games — except dominate on the field, that is.

In the future, he hopes to earn a living playing the sport so he can donate a sizable sum to cancer research.

“It was kind of hard for our family,” Reed said. “I’d hate to see other families go through that. If I can help, I will because I don’t want to see other people down.”

For information about Reed’s dinner benefit, you can call his sister Delicia Carter at 956-6632.

Staff Writer Raymond Legendre can be reached at 448-7617 or

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