“He is one of the top two hitters that I have ever coached at ICC,” said Collier. “He is a great hitter. He walked 46 times and only struck out 11.
“And he can hit a ball as far as anyone can. You will love watching him hit in batting practice.”
According to Collier, Reed, who played his high school ball at Houlka, Mississippi, has been waiting on the offer from Mississippi State.
“He was being recruited by Alabama, Memphis, Troy, Arkansas State, Tennessee Tech, Kentucky and LSU had just started calling, but Mississippi State was where he wanted to go,” said Collier.
Collier has played Reed at several positions at ICC. He projects a couple of positions at MSU.
“It is a different league that Mississippi State plays in, I expect him to play either first base or DH,” said Collier. “He played right field for us but I see him at first base or DH. He could play right field if needed because he moves really well for a guy that is 260 pounds. He has quick feet. A pro scout clocked him at 4.2 to 4.3 going to first base.”
Collier feels that MSU is not only getting a great baseball player but an even better person.
“He is an even better person than he is a ball player,” said Collier. “He is a lot of fun to be around. And he is very respectful. He will be one of the hardest workers on their team.”
Although Reed has had an outstanding career at ICC, Collier feels he will only get better once he gets to Mississippi State.
“There is no telling what this kid can do at Mississippi State,” said Collier.
Of course, as it is with so many of Mississippi State’s signees, there is a good chance that Reed will be drafted in the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft in June.
“Will he get drafted high enough to go pro, there is no telling,” said Collier. “It’s difficult to tell what will happen in the draft but I have been told that he could wind up being drafted in the 8th or 9th round.”
This past season, Reed hit .504 with 15 home runs and 57 RBIs. His batting average was second in the entire junior college classifications and first in Division II. His home run total was 8th and his RBI total was 31st. His onbase percentage (.638) and slugging percentage (.943) were first and second in Division II.