Jake Reed was hoping for a smoother conversation Thursday night with new Indiana Head Coach Kevin Wilson. The Hoosiers' verbal commitment met with some resistance when he said he'd be taking an official visit to Iowa on Jan. 21.
"He said that if I visit other schools then I'm not truly committed (to Indiana)," Reed said. "But this is a really big decision for me. If a school is willing to offer me and give me the time of day, I feel like I owe it to myself to look."
Reed committed to then Indiana Coach Bill Lynch last summer. At the time, he liked Iowa but didn't hold an offer from the Hawkeyes.
The Hoosiers stood out because they were going to allow the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Indiana native to play defensive end. Other schools were pursuing him as a tight end because that's what his junior film featured.
Reed turned some heads this past fall when he got some defensive end tape together. One of those heads belonged to Iowa Line Coach Rich Kaczenski.
"He said he was looking for a defensive end and watched my senior film," Reed said. "He asked Coach (Eric) Johnson if he knew about me. Coach Johnson said that he had been recruiting me as a tight end."
Reed unofficially visited Iowa during the 2009 season.
"Iowa was always one of the top schools on my list," Reed said. "I just wanted to play defensive end and they were looking me as a tight end because I didn't have any defensive end film."
Iowa reconnected with Reed last week. The Hawkeyes offered him a scholarship and invited him in for an official visit.
Reed is scheduled to officially visit Indiana this coming weekend.
"Coach Wilson said we'll see how things go," Reed said. "If I'm still going to take my Iowa visit, which I am, he said he was going to have to start recruiting other players at my position. I can understand that and why he would be mad. But this is a big choice for me and I don't want to leave an option on the table. I want to give Iowa a chance."
Reed's home town, Columbus, is where former Hawkeye A.J. Edds attended elementary and junior high schools.
"I don't know him, but he's still pretty big around here," Reed said. "It's a pretty small town. People still talk about him. He's still got his name on the track record board at the middle school."