Measuring 6-foot-3, 204 pounds (and clocking a forty time in the 4.5-range at a Nike camp this past spring), kid said he's even added a few more pounds of good weight to his herculean frame.
Below, Reed tosses us a list of schools eager to land his verbal pledge and it's a pretty impressive list of D-I programs to say the least...
Early Top Four?
"It's still early but right now I'd have to say that four teams are standing out to me quite a bit, KU, K-State, Nebraska and Northwestern," the St. Thomas Aquinas senior-to-be said.
Thoughts on his Fab Four?
On the Jayhawks: "I like that it's close to home -- it's just 45 minutes away -- and I like the fact that I'd have a lot of friends from (St. Thomas Aquinas High) School going there. And that'll be nice. Plus I like coach Clint Bowen (who is the KU coach recruiting me)."
On the K-State Wildcats: "(I like K-State for) kind of the same reasons (I like KU). While they're a little further from away -- about 2 hours -- they're still close to home. And a lot of my friends (from my high school) will be going there too. They're an up-and-coming program, and I really liked talking to (KSU Head) Coach Ron Prince when I talked to him."
On the Huskers: "They've actually always been the team I rooted for because my dad is from Omaha, and he's a big fan of Nebraska, and we've always paid attention to them more than any other school. Ever since I've been a kid they've been my favorite college team."
On the N.W. Wildcats: "I really like the coaches a lot. I really like Coach Kevin Johns (who is the Wildcat coach recruiting me). And I like the idea of playing with my teammate Drake Dunsmore who committed to Northwestern to play their superback position. And then the fact that they're so strong academically. If I don't go to the NFL I can still get a great job with a degree from Northwestern."
Commitment Time Frame: "I'm thinking the middle of the season. I've already been to KU and KSU but I haven't seen Nebraska or Northwestern. I am scheduled to take an official visit to Nebraska (September 16) and Northwestern (in October)."
JR Season Stat Package (@RB): "I mostly played fullback, was the lead blocker, but I probably got about 200 yards and 2 TDs."
JR Season Stat Package (@WR): "I had about 40-something catches, 800 yards, 8 TDs."
JR Season Stat Package (On Defense): "I played sporadically, mostly just in the bigger games. I probably had about 30 tackles, 10 solo, 1 PBU."
Other Notes/Numbers to Consider...
Track-And-Field Exploits (as a SOPH): I ran an 11.2 in the 100 meters and got to run a little on the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams."
Weight Room Numbers: "275 Bench, 225 ( x4 reps) Incline Bench, 300 Hang Clean, 450 Squat."
Academics: "3.0 GPA; 23 ACT."