Reed sees opportunity at Kansas

Heading into his visit to Troy University last weekend, Butler County (KS) Community College defensive tackle Chaquil Reed already had the Kansas Jayhawks as his leader. Monday, less than 24 hours after returning from Alabama, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound JUCO standout made things official, and gave his pledge to the University of Kansas.

Chaquil Reed was visited Monday by Kansas defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt, to whom he gave his commitment. The relationship the two have developed played a significant role in his decision.

"(Wyatt is) a good dude," Reed said. "He's been around for a while, and I just liked him. I just liked his personality."

The opportunity for immediate playing time was also a factor. It's no secret the Jayhawks need help at defensive tackle, and Head Coach Charlie Weis and his staff have made huge strides toward rectifying that problem in recent weeks.

Reed is the fourth defensive tackle from whom they've earned a commitment, and the third from the JUCO ranks.

"That played a big part," he said. "I've only got two years of eligibility left."

Reed visited the Kansas campus officially during the weekend of Nov. 9, the same day Weis was formally introduced as head coach.

"I really liked the facilities, the campus and the atmosphere," he said.

As a sophomore in 2011, the Wichita (KS) East High School native racked up 38 tackles for the Grizzlies, including six tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.


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