Panama City-Bay Senior High standout Bert Reed is a popular prospect with Seminole fans – and it's not just because of his 4.4-speed and ability to play multiple positions at Florida State.
After all, anybody who switches from a Florida commitment to an FSU one late in the recruiting process is bound to earn some garnet and gold followers.
But Reed also happens to be one of those high-character individuals that makes cheering for him all that easier. Last Saturday, the soon-to-be Seminole watched his future team with wide eyes from the sidelines of the spring game.
It was the first time that the 6-foot and 165-pounder had witnessed any organized FSU football inside Doak Campbell Stadium and his excitement was evident.
"I am really looking forward to this opportunity I have," Reed told NoleDigest.com. "Coach tells me that there are a lot of spots (on the depth chart) open. That makes me happy. I just want the opportunity to show everyone what I can do and that I am happy to be a Seminole."
The openings that Reed is referring to are at the wide receiver spot.
A standout dual-threat quarterback that was ranked as a four-star prospect according to Scout.com, his athleticism and quickness should work nicely on the outside with the scheme currently being implemented by the new offensive coaching staff.
When he committed to FSU in early February, there were some questions as to exactly where he would line up in a Seminole uniform. Reed says he knew right away what he wanted to play, though.
"There's no question that I wanted to play offense," Reed said. "I don't think that I am big enough to play defense and hit any of these guys out here. Wide receiver is where I think I can help this team the most. Some people have questioned my hands but I know I can catch at this level."
Helping him make the transition will be his experience directing an offense at a high level.
In addition to getting a first-hand look at his new team, Reed was also there to learn and see what will be expected of him as an FSU wide receiver.
"I've been interested to see how the receivers run their routes from down here on the field," Reed said. "Being a quarterback in high school I am used to seeing the field from a different angle. Being out here and watching my future teammates work is good for me. I just have to take notes and learn."
"It really does help having played quarterback a lot," Reed added. "It helps because I know a lot of times I wish receivers knew what I am thinking and I am sure they feel the same way. That's just one of the reasons why I think I will be able to do it and I am willing to work."
Reed plans on enrolling at FSU early this summer and is on pace to fully qualify.
When he makes the move to Tallahassee, there will be a few familiar faces there to greet him.
"I really get along well with all these new coaches," Reed said. "Two of them recruited me – Coach (Lawrence) Dawsey and Coach (Rick) Trickett. Coach Trickett did for West Virginia and Coach Dawsey did when he was down at USF. So, I have a pretty good relationship with those guys and know them well and they know me.
"It's great. I love how things are looking with the team."
Reed brings playmaking ability to WR spot
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