FB RECRUITING: Florida DE Reed commits to UK

Florida DE Kareem Reed is the latest verbal commitment for the Cats...

Kentucky has addressed one of its remaining needs for the 2002 football recruiting season by adding an all-state defensive end from Florida.

Kareem Reed (6-5, 240, 4.7) committed to the Wildcats after visiting Lexington this past weekend. The Coral Springs High School standout picked UK over Kansas, Iowa and Western Michigan.

"He had an incredible season, an incredible career," said Coral Springs coach Bill Brown. "I came in as coach during his sophomore season, and I knew right away he was a special player and a special young man. He's one of those you love to have, a coach's dream.

"Not only did he play in the Broward-Dade All-Star Game and the North-South All-Star Game, but he was our team leader on and off the field. He's a great player and a great student; carries a GPA over 3.0 right now, has his test scores and already knows what he wants to study (criminology) in college. Every recruiter that had him for a visit or came down to talk to him came away thoroughly impressed."

As a senior, Reed played offensive tackle and defensive end for the Colts, who had the best record (8-2) in school history. He also saw some time at tight end, catching seven passes for 160 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, he recorded 82 tackles, six sacks and one interception.

Brown said Reed fell in love with UK after visiting last weekend. "He was really impressed with everything they had to offer. But I think the big thing was a chance to play in the SEC and they really made him feel like he was a vital part of their plans for next season. They've told him he probably won't redshirt because they've got a spot open where one of their starting defensive ends (Dennis Johnson) entered the NFL draft."

Reed also played basketball and participated in track and field during his high school career. He gave up basketball prior to his senior year to work in the weightroom. Brown says he currently benches 290 pounds and squats 450, but "keeps getting better."  He also sports a vertical leap of 32 inches.

Reed is the 19th player to commit to UK. The Cats have only 16 scholarships to offer, but some of those verbals are not expected to qualify academically, and others may wait to enroll until January of 2003.

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