Reed, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle, selected UNC over scholarship offers from Arkansas and Mississippi State.
"There's no better feeling than to come back home," Reed said. "I know I can go home and give it my all."
UNC has been recruiting Reed since his days at Goldsboro (N.C.) High School. The interest continued when he prepped at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy last fall. However, it increased when Adams, UNC's defensive line coach, saw footage of Reed this past spring at East Mississippi C.C, where he had enrolled in January.
"I got back in touch with them," Reed said. "They already had some of my film from Hargrave and high school and even had some spring clips from East Mississippi. They liked what they saw, so they came to me."
UNC decided to offer Reed on Saturday. He immediately accepted.
"I saw an opportunity to come home," Reed said. "I knew all along that's where I wanted to go."
Reed credits Adams for his chance to return to his home state.
"He kept it plain and simple," Reed said of Adams. "He didn't sugar coat anything. He told me what it was. His main thing was my academics – and that's really important to me. He wants to make sure I do well academically, as well as on the field."
While at Goldsboro, Reeds attended a few games at UNC, but hasn't visited the campus since. Regardless, he said his pledge is firm and won't visit any other school.
Reed is projected to graduate from East Mississippi following the spring 2013 semester. When he enrolls at UNC, he'll have four years to play three seasons (he'll arrive as a true sophomore).