Like many other Arkansas high school football standouts, El Dorado's Taylor Reed grew up wanting to play for the Razorbacks.
That opportunity did not present itself after his senior year so Reed (6-3, 215) signed with Memphis and ended up being the Tigers' starting quarterback as a true freshman.
But Reed – whose dad Scott was a quarterback for the Razorbacks from 1980-83 and is the head football coach at El Dorado - is getting a second chance and will arrive this weekend to join the Arkansas football program.
"I think every kid in Arkansas grows up wanting to be a Razorback and I was no different," Reed said. "It didn't work out for me out of high school, but I feel great about having a chance to join the program now. I'll actually be up there for good starting this weekend."
Reed passed for 2,417 yards and 27 touchdowns his senior season at El Dorado while leading ther Wildcats to a second consecutive state title.
He chose Memphis over Arkansas State and then passed for 1,690 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions before injuring his ankle and having the miss the rest of a 2-10 season.
Memphis gave Reed a limited release, one not allowing him to transfer to any Conference USA program or schools that the Tigers have scheduled the next few years such as Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee and Duke.
"It's not that there was anything wrong at Memphis," Reed added. "I made some great friends and I have nothing bad to say about my time there. But there was a change in head coaches and I just thought I should explore my options and things have worked out for me with Arkansas."
Reed – who will redshirt during the 2012 season - made a visit to Arkansas earlier this month and liked what head coach John L. Smith and his staff had to say.
With starting quarterback Tyler Wilson being a senior this season, Reed was told he would have a chance to compete with current Razorback back-ups Brandon Mitchell and Brandon Allen for the starting job in 2013.
"The fact that they told me I would be given a legitimate shot to compete for the starting spot was big to me," Reed said. "I will be able to go through both fall and spring practice. I have always wanted to be a Razorback, but not just to stand around and watch other guys play. I want to compete hard and put myself in position to play."
Reed's parents are excited about his impending arrival in Fayetteville.
"Obviously both my mom and dad went to school at Arkansas and both are big Razorback fans so it is kind of a dream come true for them, too," Reed said. "We all just every excited about how this has worked out."
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