Speedster Reed Caps Razorback Recruiting Haul

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and his staff land a class of 24 players for its 2015 recruiting class, a group topped off by the announcement of the addition of former Camden Fairview star and current Coffeyville, Kan., Community College wide receiver Dominique Reed (6-4, 180, 4.37).

It turns out that the last addition Wednesday morning to the 2015 Arkansas recruiting class was a big-time in-state wide receiver whose dream had always been to be a Razorback.

Former Camden Fairview standout and current Coffeyville, Kan., Community College wide receiver Dominique Reed (6-4, 180) was the 24th and last player to fax in his letter-of-intent on Wednesday morning.

Reed choses Arkansas over Texas, Arizona State and Auburn - all schools that he took official visits to - as well as others.

“"I grew up in Arkansas and always wanted to play close to home,” Reed said. “It’s in the SEC and I trust the coaching staff to make me a better player. They're good guys and I feel like home when I'm there.”

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema stressed how happy he was to land Reed, who had 61 catches for 1,157 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

“Dominique Reed was probably one of the best additions to our class,” Bielema said. “He was the number one guy on our board for a reason.

“We really felt like he was the one guy in all of our evaluations that could stretch the field for us vertically,” Bielema added. “If you go through his high school and through his community college coaches, guys will say that he runs sub 4.4, some 4.3.

“He was our number one target at the wide receiver split that could just change the game for us instantly,” Bielema continued. “He stretches the field like I said and catches very, very well. I went to see him play and just his softness in his hands and his ability to catch the ball is just border-line freaky.”

Bielema likes the fact that he is from Arkansas as well.

“Plus he is from Arkansas, which just adds that value so much more,” Bielema said. “It meant a lot to him to commit to us.”

Bielema was obviously pleased with the recruiting haul, which included 10 players from Arkansas, 5 from Florida, 4 from Texas, one each from the states of California, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia and one from Denmark.

Eight of those players are ranked four stars.

“We got 24 guys that I know that really want to be here and guys that we have been on for a long, long time,” Bielema said. “If you do it in the right way, you tend to not have a lot of surprises in the end once you build a culture and an environment that you can recruit to.

“This class is better than last year’s class just as last year’s class was better than our first class,” Bielema added. “We hope to continue to build a steady rhythm.”

Arkansas wide receiver coach Michael Smith obviously was excited to land Reed, who joins Highland’s Deon Stewart (6-1, 160, 4.4) and Nashville’s LaMichael Pettway (6-2, 190, 4.48) as receivers in the Razorbacks’ 2015 class.

“What I love about Dominique is that he can stretch the field,” Smith said. “I think that is his best attribute. The guy is a heck of a football player.

“…He can put his foot in the ground, change directions and he is a real natural catching the ball,” Smith added. “But what I think he is going to bring to our program is a guy that can stretch the field and we definitely need that.”

Former Arkansas quarterback and current sideline reporter Quinn Grovey chimed in on Reed.

“He is a quarterback’s dream,” Grovey said. “He is a receiver that can really make plays…He is a guy that gets behind the defense. One thing I noticed, too, is that when he gets in a jump ball situation, he has the ability to go up and catch the football.

“I think his hand-eye coordination is really, really great and he is a guy that wants to fight to get to the end zone,” Grovey added. “He is not a guy that is just going to catch the football and fall down. The defense is going to have to make a play to tackle this guy.” ?Reed is part of a class that allowed Arkansas to add some explosiveness - something the head coach said was needed.

He is one of only two junior college players to go along with 22 high school players that Arkansas signed - 8 of whom are already enrolled at the school.

“It was,” Bielema said. “It was important for us to get Dominique Reed at the end. He is a guy that we came beware of and had to go through the junior college system.

“It is not something that we actively pursue,” Bielema said. “We only signed two this year from junior college as we did a year ago, but they are two guys that we expect to contribute right away.

“For us we needed that wide receiver that was a different speed - not just a playmaker, but a guy that could stretch the field vertically,” Bielema continued. “To come to our own state and get one of the best was really good.”

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