Reed: 'I Love Recruiting'

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State defensive backs coach Mike Reed was hired just a few weeks ago, and he comes to Raleigh fresh off a five-year stint in the National Football League.

For the last four campaigns, Reed served as a defensive assistant and quality control coach for the Philadelpia Eagles and in 2002 worked with that team's defensive backs and special teams.

During his tenure in Philadelphia, Reed assisted the defensive coordinator in creating and editing the defensive playbook and weekly game plans, scouted opponents, and worked with the linebackers and special teams coaches. In 2002, he worked with the defensive secondary.

Prior to joining the Eagles, Reed spent two years as an assistant coach on the collegiate level, as he worked with the wide receivers, tight ends, and defensive backs at the University of Richmond.

One of the aspects of college coaching that appeals to Reed the most is recruiting.

"Whenever I was coaching at the University of Richmond it was something I loved," Reed stated. "You are able to get in the player's home, you get personal with the kid and build a relationship. It's all about building relationships, and that is a major reason why I love recruiting.

"It may take some time to get acclimated back with recruiting since I have been in the National Football League, but for the most part I think it comes natural. A personable person can recruit if they are honest and upfront with the player and their parents. You really should have no problem. I know there are a lot of things that go with recruiting, and some are bad or negative, but if you uphold good ethics, you should be fine."

"It's all about
building relationships."
Although his recruiting areas have not been finalized, Reed mentioned that he expects to handle the Triad region of North Carolina along with an out-of-state territory. As defensive backs coach, he will also play a huge role in recruiting players for that position, and Reed feels that while you try and determine a specific position for a prospect when he is high school, it can always change.

"You try to label a player when you're recruiting them as a cornerback or safety, but a kid's body will mature once he arrives at college," he said. "You may label them in the beginning, but they could end up somewhere else. You may get a player who was a safety in high school, he arrives at camp and he eats his way into another position by getting bigger.

"Those factors you don't know when recruiting a player, but there are certain attributes that you look for in kids at that position."

Reed is very familiar with the defensive backfield. A four-year starter at cornerback for Boston College from 1990-93, Reed was a first-team All-ECAC and second-team All-Big East performer in 1993. He was a team captain as a senior in 1994 and earned preseason All-America honors twice during his career.

After graduating from BC in 1994 with a degree in communications/general education, Reed was taken in the seventh round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers, where he spent two seasons.

NC State inked two defensive backs on signing day, as in-state products Justin Byers (Charlotte Vance HS) and Dominique Ellis (Wendell East Wake HS) faxed in Letter of Intents to the Wolfpack.

"They are great players and great kids," said Reed. "That is a combination I like. Being in the NFL, you get to see a lot of things... you get to see a lot of bad things. There are situations that as a coach you don't want to have to deal with, but you almost have to because these are, so-called, the best players in the world.

"In college, you are very impressionable on the players and if they are coming to you as humble athletes that want to learn, those are the kind you want to have. Those are the kind of kids these two are. I also think they are great athletes that can help us win."

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