Indiana Junior Tight End Hearing From Illini

The state of Indiana is known for its basketball, but the Hoosier state also produces talented football players. Illinois coaches are hoping to tap into that talent. One player they have their eye on is Jake Reed.

Jake Reed, a tight end from Columbus North High School, hails from Big 10 country. So it makes sense Big 10 schools are the ones making the most contact.

"Most of the interest I've gotten is from the Big 10. I've got an offer from Indiana. Purdue, Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern, and Michigan State are showing interest. Cincinnati and Western Kentucky have expressed interest as well. I've been getting hand-written letters from Illinois.

Reed has taken visits to a few Big 10 schools for junior days.

"I've been to a junior day at Indiana and Purdue. I also plan on taking one to Northwestern. I hope to get out and visit schools before the summer so when it rolls around I can focus on my team. I don't want recruiting to make me overlook my season."

The 6'-3", 220 pounder played primarily on offense last season.

"I played a little bit at defensive end but primarily at tight end. I would say I'm more of a blocking tight end. I only had a few catches, but I was out there 90% of the time. We run a lot of 2 tight end sets. I want to improve on my pass catching though. I want to bring the whole package together."

While Reed has had a successful high school career so far, he wants to improve on one thing.

"Looking back at film from last year, sometimes it seemed like I didn't finish like I should have. I want to watch film the next day and see that I went hard every play. "

Reed also wants to see his team improve.

"Our season didn't turn out as well as we hoped. It seemed like we lost a lot of close games that we probably should of won. We lost in the first round to our crosstown rivals. We've got a lot of making up to do. The coaches and players are doing all they can for next season.

"We lost most of our seniors on defense, but we only had 2 seniors on offense so we'll have an experienced group. I think we'll have a lot of guys step up on defense next year, but with an experienced offense I think we'll score more points."

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