A Southern Interest

Although Wisconsin is heavily recruiting tailbacks Alex Collins and David Williams, the Badgers are starting to identify backup plans in case they miss out on either prospect. One of those players is Chamblee (Ga.) High senior tailback Dezmin Reed.

MADISON- The Badgers generally don't recruit the state of Georgia when it comes to football, especially when they are competing against the powerhouse teams of the SEC. But for the past two recruiting classes, the Badgers have tried to build a recruiting pipeline in Georgia.

In the class of 2012 the Badgers extended a scholarship offer to running back Nick Tompkins, who camped with UW and signed with Michigan State. In the class of 2013 the staff extended a scholarship to Anthony Jennings, who ended up picking LSU.

The Badgers coaching staff may try their luck again in the state of Georgia as they start to turn their attention to Chamblee High senior running back Dezmin Reed.

"I just recently heard from Wisconsin," Reed told Badger Nation. "I heard from Wisconsin this past Monday. I haven't had a lot of communication with them so far, but the communication will probably pick up more once my football season starts and that begins in a couple of weeks."

With the Badgers just starting to recruit Reed, the communication between him and defensive backs coach Ben Strickland have been through his high school coach, Allen Johnson.

"I haven't talked with my recruiting coach yet on the phone but my coach told me that I can be expecting some kind of communication from them this weekend," Reed said. "My high school coach has been the middle man so far between me and the Badgers."

Reed currently doesn't hold an offer but his recruitment has just started to pick up and the 6-1, 220-pound tailback is taking it all in stride.

"Its been going great," Reed said. "I'm having a lot of fun so far. It can be stressful only when you choose to make it stressful. I'm a fun guy and I like to have fun so I'm going to try and make this process as much fun as I can."

According to Reed, he is also hearing from Western Kentucky, Ohio, Wake Forest and Florida State.

"I would say Western Kentucky is recruiting me the hardest right now," Reed said. "They stay in contact with my high school head coach and me, as well. Also Wake Forest has been in contact with me they see how I'm doing and they came to see me this past spring at my high school.

"Florida State also has recently started looking at me because my teammate Davin Bellamy just committed to play football there."

As a junior Reed rushed for 955 yards and was able to punch the football in the end zone eight times. Reed is looking to build off of a strong junior season.

"I guess my personal goals this coming season would be to lead the team in rushing for a third straight year and I would like to lead the county in rushing yards," Reed said. "I'm looking forward to this being a fun year. We have a senior-led team because the rest of the seniors and me have been together since the seventh grade. We know how each other play and we definitely have chemistry on the team. I think were also good enough to win state this year."

According to Reed, he defines his game as a hard-nose downhill runner who can make one move and he can be gone. He also says he has the power and the ability to stiff arm a defender so he can run through them, but there's one specific thing Reed has been working on this summer.

"People don't think I can outrun them and that's a pet peeve of mine so I've been working on my speed so I can prove them wrong," Reed said.

Reed has already taken a visit to the Florida State campus and is planning on taking a visit this fall sometime to Wake Forest so he can take in a game. Reed wants to make it up to Madison so he can take in a Badgers football game but says distance may be a factor in him visiting. Even if Reed doesn't make it to a UW game, he knows plenty about the Badgers and he's impressed with what he sees.

"I like Wisconsin's program," Reed said. "I would love to be behind (that) big offensive line. They are a smash mouth football program and I like that about them. I like Montee Ball. He's a great running back. I always find a way to check up on Wisconsin. They're not in the SEC but I want to see how the Big Ten and Wisconsin plays football and see how the Badgers' offensive line creates holes for their running backs."

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