Pack in Top Five for Speedy Florida Athlete

While Florida is know for producing some of the nation's fastest prospects each year, you'd be hard pressed to find one with more speed than QB/ATH Bert Reed from Bay High School in Panama City, Fla. We've got the latest on his top schools as well as where the Pack fits in.

While Florida is know for producing some of the nation's fastest prospects each year, you'd be hard pressed to find one with more speed than QB/ATH Bert Reed from Bay High School in Panama City, Fla.

Lining up as quarterback for Bay High School, Reed, at 6-0, 165 pounds, threw for 734 yards and rushed for 509 more as a junior in 2005. Although he has ability at quarterback, wide receiver may be his likely destination in college and that potential is predicated on his blistering speed. He has been timed as low as 10.4-seconds in the 100-meter dash. At the Florida State camp earlier this year, the Seminoles' coaches timed Reed at 4.31-seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Whether he ultimately stays at quarterback or makes the move to wideout, Reed has a very mature handle on his football future.

"Honestly, I think I have the athletic ability to play QB," said Reed. "But I know there's not a lot of 6-foot QB's in the NFL. I can play QB but I can play wide receiver as well. It would probably depend on the system I went into but, really, it doesn't matter to me."

While Reed's name may not be a household one for most recruiting buffs, he has been front and center for several major college programs. To date, Florida, Alabama, West Virginia, South Florida and Florida International have offered with interest coming from numerous others, including NC State. Although Reed said he's not sure whether State has made an official offer yet, the Pack did make his early top five.

"My top schools right now are Florida, Alabama, West Virginia, Florida State and NC State, in no order," he said.

Reed talked further about his interest in NC State.

"Well, State is a school I have a lot of interest in. Coach Amato texts me a lot and tells me he's coming to get me. I've never been to North Carolina so I want to make a visit up there. I like coach Amato, and he's building a program up there."

To get to Reed, the Pack will have to go through Florida and that's never an easy task when targeting a Sunshine State star with a Gator offer. The senior athlete talked about Florida.

"I really like Florida's offense," said Reed. "The style they play means they'll get the ball in my hands a lot. They're also close to home and that's a big deal."

Reed said he plans to take his official visits before making a decision and he's got a couple of factors that will play critical roles in his future college choice.

"Being close to home is big as well as playing time and how soon I'll get a chance to play."


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