A man of his word, Reed said that while it was a tough decision, he knew that Auburn was the place for him all along after visiting for the first time almost a full year ago.
"Auburn is just great," Reed told Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The players, the coaches, the facilities, the fans, everything is like family. I just felt comfortable there."
Being recruited by wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor for Auburn and building a bond with the coach, Reed said that while the energetic coach played a part in things it was far from the only reason he chose the Tigers.
"We built a relationship, but everybody thinks I'm only going to Auburn for coach Trooper," Reed said. "He's one of the reasons, but I'm also going to Auburn because I love it there. It's not where everybody wants you to go, it's about where you want to go. If I wanted to go to a Division III school then it's because my heart was there. I'm not going to say I've always wanted to go to Auburn, but when I took my visit there they made me like it. I'm about to make it my home."
That home could have been much closer to Thibodaux as LSU made a strong push at Reed throughout the process and in particular late with the addition of several new coaches. While it did give Reed a reason to ponder, he said in the end he knew where he belonged.
"It has been tough the whole time because it's LSU," Reed said. "It's not a WAC school. It's one of the best schools in the country. By passing up LSU it's big. I had to step up and grow a pair to do that. In my eyes I just had to pick where I was more comfortable."
Reed is part of what will be one of the top classes in the country for 2010. Already familiar with many of his future teammates, the speedster noted that he's excited about the future and the at Auburn.
"That helped me a lot already knowing a lot of the commitments," Reed said. "Having people like Michael Dyer and Cameron Newton and Shon Coleman and LaDarius Owens, those kinds of guys. They are always texting me asking me how I'm doing and stuff like that. It just lets me know we're going to be brothers. It's not about recruiting. We're going to be tight off the field."