Corona (Calif.) Centennial High School three-star running back Miles Reed settled on his decision earlier this week, but it wasn’t until 5:30 p.m. HT this Sunday evening that he revealed his future to the public - that he would be suiting up for Hawaii in 2017.
His decision came down to UH, Washington State and Montana. Reed broke the news with the following video on Twitter.
“They were the first team to offer, so I’ve always had a lot of respect for them,” Reed told WarriorSportsNetwork.com. “They were always there at the top.”
It wasn’t until his official visit to UH that he was sold on the program, however. Reed was on campus for the Jan. 20 weekend.
“It was really changed my outlook on them,” Reed said of his experience. “It was completely different than how I expected it to be. It was a lot better. It feels like you’re in a whole different country - the environment, fans, players, staff; they welcomed me and brought me in even though I’ve yet to announce anything about where I’m going… It seemed like we all clicked already.
“I really expected it to be like the movies, you see Hawaii and think it’s just everybody kicking back, but there was life in the city and it reminds me a lot of Southern California. The biggest different between here and Hawaii was how the people treated you. They were so relaxed and nice, whether or not you were a recruit. They treat you a lot better than they would here in So Cal.”
Being offered so early by Hawaii also allowed Reed to keep an eye on the program and see how UH Head Coach Nick Rolovich and his staff moved the program back to success in their first year.
“I’ve seen they do believe in their players and the players do believe in their coaches,” Reed said. “That relationship is going to bring in some winning seasons. Being offered so early means something, that they were willing to give me a full ride scholarship before any other school noticed my talent and pulled the trigger. I appreciate all they’ve done for me.”
Of what Reed will bring to the field for Hawaii, he said his vision is what makes him stand out.
“My vision is a key to my success,” Reed said. “I pride myself on knowing where my line is going and where the defense is going, my football IQ, knowing what a player will do before he’s going to do. My running style, I just don’t like going down. That’s going to be important at the next level.”
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