Chaquil Reed, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive lineman who has played the last two season at Butler Community College in El Dorado, was at Kansas State taking an official visit during the weekend. KState has already added five junior college players to this year's 2012 class and things look good with Reed after a satisfying visit.
"I was encouraged from what I heard from the coaching staff," said Chaquil Reed. "I liked them and what they had to say to me. I like the off-season workout program they have in place. And I also like the program they have for the people they bring in over the summer. It was a good visit."
Although Reed made the trip by himself, a familiar face was waiting on him when he arrived on campus. Arthur Brown, who Reed played with at Wichita East High School, was his player-host.
"Arthur showed me around," said Reed. "We saw the players' living area and hung out with some of the guys on the team. It was cool. I really liked the atmosphere in the campus area."
Reed made Second Team All-Conference (Kansas Jayhawk Community College). At defensive tackle he played in all 12 games for the Grizzlies. He made 38 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and two sacks.
Butler finished ranked second in the nation after a win in the Citizens Bank Bowl to finish 11-1. Reed is a good guy to have available for Mo Latimore to plug in the line against the run.
"Coach Snyder and I had a very positive talk," Reed said. "I liked Coach Latimore too. He seemed like a good dude. We went over what my role I would be playing on the team next year. He said if I came I would have the opportunity to play right away."
Butler C.C. usually has a good number of players sign Division 1 letters of intent. This year they'll probably have at least a dozen do so on national signing day. Reed plans on joining them, but still isn't sure the school he'll choose.
"I'm going over it now," said Reed. "I'll know for sure by tomorrow. I have to do what's best for my family. I'm going to look at which is the best school for my degree. And I want to go to a school where I'll have a chance for early playing time. Kansas State is definitely in the mix."
Other schools hoping for a signature from Reed include Kansas, where he's taken an official visit, Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Troy.
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