A 6-3, 176-pounder with sub 4.4 speed and a vertical leap well over 40 inches, Reed has all the tools to be an early impact player on the next level and he said Auburn wants him for that very reason.
“It’s exciting to think about,” Reed told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “They were talking to me about coming in and filling in where Sammie was playing. That’s pretty exciting.”
A NJCAA honorable mention All-American last season, Reed had a monster year with 61 catches for 1,157 yards and 18 touchdowns. A player who will have two years left to play two and originally from Camden, Ark., he said having guys like Gus Malzahn and Tim Horton on the staff at Auburn is big for him because of their Arkansas ties.
“I think he’s from Springdale,” Reed said of Malzahn. “I also know Coach Horton. He’s from Arkansas also and used to coach at Arkansas. I remember meeting him when I went to Arkansas. Having guys like that is pretty important to me.”
Busy with his own football seasons, Reed said he doesn’t really know a lot about the program other than the little bit he got to see in 2013 when Auburn made it all the way to the BCS National Championship Game. That makes his visit this weekend even bigger for the Tigers’ chances.
Also making it big is the need for Reed to feel at home on the Plains. Looking for the right fit with the coaches, players and potential future teammates, he said that’s always a key when you are looking at any school.
“I just want to get to know the coaches first of all,” Reed said. “Also just how the visit fits me. I also want to see how the teammates are around each other and how they treat one another, just stuff like that.”
Taking a visit to Texas last weekend and with Arkansas and Arizona State also still in the running, Reed said he is still pretty wide open as he prepares for his final visit. After that he said it will be decision time.
“I don’t have any order with whose in front or on top or anything,” Reed pointed out. “Right now I haven’t gotten to the bottom of it. I know I have a few days to decide, but I’m just going to do that after talking with my uncle about it.”