2015 Husker profile: Antonio Reed

The late add in the 2015 class could play multiple sets at Nebraska because of versatility.

Antonio Reed

Position: DB/LB

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2/200-pounds

High School: Southaven high school (Memphis, TN)

Year: True freshman

2014 review:
Played defensive back and linebacker in high school … recorded 60+ tackles and four interceptions in 2014 … helped the Chargers finish with a 11-3 record in 2014, making a Class 6A state playoff semifinal trip

Scout reporting:
Reed has fantastic size for a safety. He isn’t just a big bruiser safety who comes down in run support, as his film shows impressive athleticism on a few of his interceptions. Reed has a knack for being in the right place at the right time in coverage. He doesn’t have top-end speed, but he makes up for it by keeping his eyes on the quarterback and being where he needs to be. Most of the time he has great position on the wide receiver and is bigger than most the guys he covers. He is a natural playmaker, as he gets to the right spot and then capitalizes. Play recognition certainly appears to be a strength, which is exactly what you need at the safety position. Reed is a fascinating prospect who has a chance to develop into something really special. – Matt Svoboda, Big Red Report contributor

2015 BRR projection:
Reed is a versatile player, who could play multiple positions at Nebraska. The safety position is pretty set for the next couple years in terms of starters, but there is little to no experience behind them. Reed has better size than some linebackers and moves around well. He could play either safety or the hybrid nickel position. He most likely will redshirt for a year and try to crack the two-deep after that. He will take some time to develop, but the coaches will love his tools. After 2-3 years in the program, Reed certainly could be a real playmaker as a safety. It wouldn’t shock us if he ended up at linebacker, depending on how he fills out. Expect him to be a starter at some point. Matt Svoboda, Big Red Report contributor

How he ended up in Lincoln:
Reed was committed to Memphis when Nebraska jumped into the mix in late January. The senior didn’t want to upset the Tigers by taking a public official visit to Lincoln, so the hybrid DB/LB did it on the sly. After being in town for 24 hours, Reed received an offer and called Memphis to let them know he was ready to play in the Big Ten Conference. Southern Miss also was very interested in his services. “I felt all along that Reed was that kind of player,” Rich told the Lincoln Journal Star. “I’ve been doing this awhile, and college recruiters sometimes, it just amazes me for what they are or aren’t looking for. A 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety seems to me to be a commodity you would want.”

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