Texan WR Michael Reed a Breed Apart

BYU's newest recruit to verbally commit is a Texas First Team All-State wide receiver whose outstanding game stats as a two-year starter are a model of consistency: 2003 – 64 catches for 1,046 yards and 16 touchdowns; 2002 – 66 catches for 920 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Michael Reed, at 6-2, 190 pounds with 4.5/40 and a 33-inch vertical, pulled the trigger and committed yesterday in a phone call to BYU recruiting coordinator Mike Empey. "I'll make it official tomorrow (Monday) and go public (newspapers) with it," he said.

Reed was a two-year starter at Robert E. Lee High School, He was also named to the Greater Houston First Team; First Team All-District; and named the "Best Receiver in Texas" by Rivals.com.

He chose BYU over Baylor, New Mexico, Kansas State and McNeese State. He added he will not take his scheduled Jan. 30 trip to New Mexico now. "I'm canceling it. I'm done with the trips."

When asked what the deciding factors were in making his decision, he responded, "The (BYU) coaches were just terrific. Everyone just treats you equal. BYU's a team that throws the ball and a place wide receivers want to go to catch it."

He was particularly complementary of his recruiter. "Mike Empey's is a great recruiting coach. He and Coach Crowton visited my grandmother (Myrna Hill) and me on Thursday. She's 63, but she looks like she's about 30," he joked.

"She loved the visit. She loves sports and she knows a lot about football and BYU. She favored them and told me ‘that's a school that's going to throw the ball a lot.' I hope that maybe it will pay off one day in the NFL."

Reed added his grandmother "really liked the way Mike (Empey) always followed up and called. He's been recruiting me since I was a junior and they offered me a scholarship halfway through the season."

He noted a lot of major colleges were sending recruiting letters last year and early this season, "but a lot of schools thought I was already committed to Baylor. The word got around early that I was committed, but I wasn't."

Meanwhile, Reed plans to report early to Provo for off-season conditioning workouts with teammates. "No sir, no one has made any promises of starting. I have to go in and prove myself.

Reed added he was very impressed with the BYU facilities during his Jan. 9 visit. "They are the best I've seen. I really enjoyed my time there. My mom (Yolanda Hill) and grandmother can't wait to come and see me play. We've got some tough opponents and our whole family is excited," he continued.

A final thought? "Just look out for BYU this season!"

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