While Arkansas wide receiver signee Dominique Reed was not able to participate in the Razorbacks’ 2015 spring drills, he was a very studious observer.
Reed (6-3, 185, 4.3) – the former Camden Fairview star who just finished up a record-setting career at Coffeyville, Kan., Community College - took in three Arkansas practices this spring.
“I really liked what I got to see and where the offense is headed,” Reed said. “Now I am just ready to come and be a part of it and be that deep threat guy they need.”
Reed said Tuesday that he will finish up classes at Coffeyville on May 5 and take his last final on May 8.
Although there had been speculation that he would have to attend a session of summer school, Reed says that shouldn’t be the case.
He chose not to run track at Coffeyville this spring to concentrate on his academics.
“If I finish up well here in the last week and pass my finals then I should be there and be able to start working out with the team at first of June,” Reed said. “I’m excited about that.”
Reed caught 61 passes for 1,157 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season for the Red Ravens and has Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema excited.
"He was the No. 1 guy on our board for a reason," Bielema said. "We really felt he was the one guy in all our evaluations that could stretch the field for us vertically.
“Go through his high school, community college, guys will say he runs a sub 4.4, sub 4.3. He was our No. 1 target in the wide receiver position, can change the game for us instantly.
“Just the softness in his hands and his ability to catch the ball is borderline freaky.”
Razorback wide receivers coach Michael Smith is obviously high on Reed.
“No disrespect to the kids I have been working with, but Dominique brings something to the table that we don’t have in the room right now …with the exception of track sprinter Eric Hawkins.”
Reed was happy to see the offense in place this spring under new Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
“Yes, that was great,” Reed said. “I really think that Arkansas is going to pass the ball more this season and he is doing a lot of things to open up the offense.”
Enos is looking forward to the addition.
“Creating explosive plays is very, very important," Enos said. "He is going to fit right in there because he can run. He can stretch the field and he has got good size and good ball skills. They all have to earn everything they get, but he has a chance to be a difference maker with his ability."
Reed chose Arkansas over Arizona State, Texas, Auburn and Florida in the end, but that didn’t keep those teams from calling him until the bitter end.
“I told Arkansas the day before signing day that I was going to sign with them, but Texas and Arizona State just kept calling and calling. I finally had to turn my phone off,” Reed said. “It was crazy.”
In the end, it was just too much about Arkansas.
“I grew up wanting to be a Razorback and so in the end it was a pretty easy decision,” Reed said. “I just wanted to stay home and play in front of the home fans.”
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