On a recent official visit to Manhattan, Kansas, Chaquil Reed recruited with a lot of guys he played with and played against during his prep career in Wichita. Ultimately it was those relationships that helped in decision process for the 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive tackle out of Butler Community College.
"I knew so many of the players already that Kansas State already feels like being at home," said Chaquil Reed. "I played at (Wichita) East with Arthur Brown. I know Demarcus Robinson, Dorrian Roberts, Chris Harper, and several others. Also my teammate [from Butler] Dyllan Schellenburg will be there."
Schellenburg, a defensive back, passed on an offer from UAB to accept a preffered walk-on role at Kansas State. Butler Cominity College sent 15 football players to NCAA programs this year.
"It was good," Reed said of signing day. "I just came in and signed my papers then faxed them off. We just had a little press conference. It wasn't that big a deal. I spoke with Coach Clements and Coach Latimore afterwards. They seemed like they were pretty excited to have me."
Reed was a two-year starter for the Butler Grizzlies and Head Coach Troy Morrell. This season he made 37 tackles, six tackles for loss, and two sacks to help his team to an 11-1 record.
"Being here has helped me become a better football player," Reed said of his junior college experience. "I really learned how to prepare myself in practice. It's also helped me become a better person.
"I'm going to be at Kansas State in June. I'm just going to try my best to fit with with the team and help them win."
Reed chose Kansas State over offers from Kansas, Troy, and Toledo.