“We got hit pretty hard but we got lucky and only had some trees down and lost power,” Reed said.
Reed (6-0, 165, 4.44) and his family evacuated to Memphis for a few days and then he went to Prattville, Ala., to get a little closer to home.
With Thibodaux being so close to opening up its season right when Gustav decided to bear down on the Louisiana coast, Reed had to deal with the thoughts of losing everything back home and he didn’t even have football to take his mind off of things.
“I watched some football and just tried to workout to stay in shape,” he said. “It was hard to not be able to get on the field but I was more worried about checking up on my teammates, coaches and friends to make sure everyone was okay.”
Once power started getting restored to the area and life got back to some sense of normalcy, Reed and his father made their way back home to Thibodaux.
Luckily for the family, it did not have as much cleanup as some so Reed decided to take a little trip last Saturday.
“We went to the North Texas game and I liked that,” he said. “Just going to the game made me want to play football. I was so amped at their game because we haven’t played yet and then to be there in that stadium again was a real good feeling. I love Tiger Stadium.”
Reed said that being in Tiger Stadium was one of the rare high moments he had recently experienced along with knowing that all of his loved ones were safe.
But on Monday he experienced a feeling that he always dreamed of
“My coach told me he had some mail for me on his desk but he was going to give it to me after practice. So after practice I went into his office and he gave it to me and I saw the offer from Georgia, Arkansas, and Ole Miss,” Reed said. “I was real happy about that.
“I got real excited about that,” Reed added. “It was like all of the hard work is starting to pay off.”
Reed said that he doesn’t know much about the three schools that were the first to offer but there is one thing that they have in common along with all being in SEC country.
“I like schools like that that get a lot of T.V. time because you get that exposure to make it to the next level after college but I don’t really know much about any of the schools,” he said. “I haven’t talked to any of the coaches yet either but I hope to soon.”
Reed is already being billed as one of the top players in Louisiana for 2010 and the billing is well deserved.
With that being said, what is his interest in the state’s flagship school?
“The coaches are good and they care about you,” added Reed. “At camp, the receivers coach was always on me with everything I did wrong and it wasn’t coming off like he was being mean to me but wanting me to be better. I’ve done good at their camps and they said coach (Miles) just wants to see me play and see some game film before they offer.”
Reed will finally get the chance to show college coaches what he can do on the field when Thibodaux squares off with Lutcher this Friday.
The biggest problem facing Reed, though, may not be the opponent but rather himself.
“I’m too excited and I probably want even get to sleep the night before the game,” said Reed with a laugh. “I just want to get on the field and play. I can’t wait.”
Last season, the standout performer said he scored 14 touchdowns on offense and in the return game combined, and he picked off five passes from the secondary.
Some schools have mentioned receiver and some have mentioned cornerback. But if you ask Reed which he prefers the most the answer tells you just what type of player he is.
“I’d like to play receiver because I like to make plays but if I have to play cornerback to get on the field and help my team win then I’ll do that too,” said Reed. “I just want to play and help my team win anyway I can.”
That kind of unselfishness will help Reed as he continues on his journey through life and it will also show coaches just what type of young man he is.