Kansas on top for JUCO DT

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis and his staff have made the defensive line a priority in recruiting, and have landed a trio of talented interior prospects in recent weeks. In Butler County (KS) Community College defensive tackle Chaquil Reed, they're hot on the trail of another.

A prospect who flew under the radar in the Class of 2010 out of Wichita (KS) East High, Chaquil Reed has flourished in his two years at Butler County. Now, a number of Division One schools are calling on the 6-foot-3, 300-pound sophomore.

One school, however, has earned a spot at the top of his list - the University of Kansas.

Reed made an official visit to the Lawrence, Kan. campus in early December, almost immediately after Charlie Weis was introduced as head coach. Reed came away impressed.

"I liked the campus, I liked the people," he said. "All the teammates seemed pretty close and well-meshed."

Weis and running backs coach Reggie Mitchell conducted an in-home visit with Reed last weekend, and have stayed in frequent contact. Through their conversations, the big tackle has come to see an excellent opportunity for himself at Kansas.

His relations with the coaches, the school's proximity to home and the chance to make an immediate impact are all positives working in the Jayhawks' favor.

"(Weis) was just telling me that they need players that can come in and play right away at my position," he said. "And if I came to KU I had a good chance to come in and play, and I would also leave with a degree."

Reed will visit Troy University next weekend. Following that trip, he believed he would "pretty much" have things decided.

Stay tuned to Phog.net and Scout.com for more as Reed's recruitment progresses.

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