Reed initially signed with the Fayetteville State Broncos coming out of high school in 2011. His journal took a detour and he wound up at Hargrave Military Academy for the 2011 season. He had a very good year for Hargrave. Wanting to continue his college career at the best possible place for him, he took note of East Mississippi Community College which won the 2011 NJCAA national championship.
"I was talking to (EMCC Defensive Coordinator/) Coach (William) Jones and he explained to me what they had planned and I thought they had a good program going on," said Reed. "And most junior colleges aren't equipped like they are (facility-wise). It's more of a university type level here. Plus, they won the national championship. I thought I could come here and help them win another national championship. I knew the best played here and the best played against them, and I wanted to play with the best and beat the best."
With the graduation of several of their defensive linemen, EMCC was looking for high-caliber defensive linemen. And Reed fit what they were looking for.
"Most people who first look at me don't think I have much speed due to my size but I think I'm pretty explosive and a rare breed," said Reed, who played both defensive end and defensive tackle for Hargrave. "I can play across the (defensive line). I can go down, play outside, play the five-technique, play the nose, play the three-technique. I'm very versatile when it comes to playing on the line."
Although just a freshman in eligibility, Reed should be eligible to sign with a four-year school at the conclusion of his freshman season, either in December, 2012 or February of 2013. He's already receiving heavy interest from a number of colleges.
"I am receiving interest from Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Texas Tech," said Reed. "I'm not sure if any have offered me yet. My coaches haven't told me if they have."
As of now, he's not leaning to any college or colleges.
"I'm keeping my options open right now," said Reed. "I want to see where I am on the schools' (recruiting) boards."
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