S.C. Tight End High on UNC

Collin Reed has made several visits to North Carolina in the past. However, the junior day earlier this month marked the 6-foot-3, 225-pound tight end's first opportunity to meet UNC's new tight ends coach, Seth Littrell, in-person.

"It was great meeting him," Reed said. "He told me about their whole hybrid system and I really enjoyed what he said. That's really what I'd like to do in college. I just can't wait to work with him in the summer."

By "working with him in the summer," Reed is referring to attending UNC's camp for the third consecutive June.

Larry Fedora's offense utilizes a specific type of tight end (i.e. "hybrid") – essentially an oversized receiver who is a reliable enough blocker to keep the defense honest but is mainly used to create mismatches as a receiving target.

Two of UNC's tight ends, Eric Albright and Jack Tabb, will exhaust their eligibly after the 2014 season. Additionally, fellow tight end Terrance Knox's isn't enrolled this spring and his future with the team is uncertain.

"Coach Littrell told me they'd definitely be taking one or two [tight ends in the 2014 class]," Reed said. "I'm just hoping that I'll be able to make that list."

Reed has started at tight end for Boiling Springs (S.C.) High since his freshman season. His offense employs a spread that uses its tight ends in similar fashion as UNC does. He concluded his junior season with 48 receptions for 850 yards and eight touchdowns.

"I don't want to sound like [a UNC offer] is coming, but there's definitely interest," Reed said. "I believe [Littrell] wants to see me [work out] before they actually offer."

Reed has collected FCS offers from Furman and Wofford.

Immediately after arriving on campus for UNC's Junior Day, Littrell pulled Reed aside for a 10-minute conversation. Littrell sat with Reed and his family during the film session and then two spoke again at length before Reed departed.

Besides that junior day and the two camps, Reed has also attended four UNC games.

Reed has also camped at Clemson, NC State, and Wake Forest. Additionally, he has attended games at Clemson and Duke, and unofficially visited Charlotte.

Reed's travels have resulted in a top three schools list.

"Definitely North Carolina and Clemson are sticking out, and Duke as well," Reed said. "But neither of them has offered.

"I grew up a North Carolina fan, so it's kind of in my blood. I really like what Coach Fedora is doing up there.

"I live in the Upstate, so I'm interested in Clemson. I really like Coach [Dabo] Swinney, as well. I really enjoy being able to talk to him a little bit.

"And Coach [David] Cutcliffe runs a great program as well. Duke offers great coaching and good academics."

Typically, South Carolinians are either Clemson or South Carolina fans.

"My dad grew up watching Michael Jordan," Reed said. "He kind of bred me to follow North Carolina. And I had a cousin go to North Carolina. So we're bleeding Carolina Blue."

Regardless, Reed says he wouldn't immediately jump at a UNC scholarship offer.

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