Cedric Reed had never been to Tiger Stadium prior to the weekend. In town with his father to watch a pair of top-five teams, both of which have offered scholarships to Reed, the Lone Star State defensive end prospect said that the visit, despite the loss, was a blast from start to finish.
“I really had a lot of fun, because there were tons of recruits down there and I got to meet a lot of guys that I had heard about,” he said. “I was hanging with Cassius Marsh for a good bit when we went onto the field before the game.
“He told me he was really feeling LSU, and he was surprised when I told him I was only a junior,” he laughed. “I got along with him pretty good though.”
By the time he found his seat near the Tiger student section, Reed ran into another top defensive lineman from the 2011 class – who happens to be on a very similar recruitment road.
“I saw Jermauriah Rasco, and we went ahead and sat with each other the whole game,” he said. “We thought the LSU defense was playing really well, but the offense just was not able to move the ball against the Florida defense. It was a really good game though, and the place was loud the whole time.
“I had been to some games at Texas, and I had thought Longhorns fans were the loudest,” he added. “Now I see that LSU is way up there too. That was another thing Rasco and I talked about, because we are both interested in LSU and Texas. We always see our names together on the internet sites and all that, so it was funny to share stories.”
Reed, who made the drive back to Cleveland, Texas after the game ended, was unable to find time to chat with any of the Tiger coaches. Regardless, his opinion of LSU improved over the weekend.
“The atmosphere was just really cool, that is the only way I can describe it,” he said. “I had been to camp and seen some of the campus, but being in Tiger Stadium when it was night time and really loud was straight.”
Where does Reed’s process take him now?
“I will definitely still be in touch with LSU, and if I get offered from Texas it would likely come after the 2010 kids sign in February,” he said. “And then I have some other really good schools out there wanting me to come to camp and stuff like that, so I will take it slow. I probably won’t decide until my senior year.”