TE Reed Camps, Visits UMD, Hoping For Offer

Maryland is in search of a class of 2015 tight end, and one name that could eventually work onto the Terps' radar is Boiling Springs' (S.C.) Collin Reed, a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder who attended camp in College Park, Md., June 1 before touring the school June 2.

Maryland is in search of a class of 2015 tight end, and one name that could eventually work onto the Terps' radar is Boiling Springs' (S.C.) Collin Reed, a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder who attended camp in College Park, Md., June 1 before touring the school June 2. Reed currently holds offers from the likes of Appalachian State, Toledo, Charlotte and a host of Division I-AA programs, but he's aiming for college football's top level.

"I didn't run very well at the [Maryland] camp, but I did pretty good in the drills and represented well there," said Reed, who typically runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.7-second range. "It was good to work with Coach [John] Dunn, and I learned a good amount from him. He was saying they just have to see how things play out with some of the other tight ends [they've offered] and they'll be evaluating me."

Reed considers himself a hybrid tight end who has the versatility to move out to the slot and slide down inside. His game would seem to translate well to Maryland's zone-read offense, and Reed showed flashes of his diverse game at the camp.

"I can definitely represent in the passing game, and I'd say that's where I excel," Reed said. "But I can block too, and I as I add strength I should get even better with that."

A day after the camp, Reed and his family stayed in College Park in order to see the campus and take in the school. They spent most of the day with South Carolina area recruiter Andre Powell, who Reed said has been in touch.

"The visit went really well. Coach Powell did a great job, and I liked talking to him," Reed said. "We saw the campus, the facilities, and I really enjoyed myself.

"I thought the campus was beautiful and I loved it. It was interesting how it was set up, and I liked how it was big but still compact. Everything was close together and right there on campus."

Reed went on to laud the planned new indoor facilities, the school's academics and Big Ten shift.

"They're pouring like $200 million into that facilities, and that's definitely very exciting," Reed said. "I really liked what I saw out of Maryland."

And if Maryland were to offer at some point?

"Well, if it was just them [in terms of FBS suitors], then they'd automatically jump to the top," Reed said. "It's a Big Ten offer and that would be hard to pass up."

Right now, though, Reed has three current suitors sitting high on his personal list. While he didn't want to discount some of the I-AA verbals, he admitted Appalachian State, UNC Charlotte and Toledo were standing out. He has visited each of those programs, in addition to most of the others that have offered him.

Next up for Reed are trips to James Madison and Richmond, followed by Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina and South Carolina.

"I've been in contact with Wake Forest, so I'm hoping something happens with them," said Reed, who mentioned location really isn't a huge factor for him. "Duke and UNC are also in touch, so we'll see what happens after I go to their camps."

Ideally, Reed would like to have his school chosen before his senior season. But there is a chance he may wait a bit in order to send out senior film.

"Really, I'm just looking for a school that's the best fit in terms of education, football and comfort with the school," Reed said. "Hopefully I'll be able to find a fit before my senior year."

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