Reed: 'I Knew Where I Wanted To Be'

At a record pace, North Carolina is quickly filling up its 2006 recruiting class. The latest to add their name to the mix: Aaris Reed, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound tailback, from Waldorf (Md.) Westlake.

"I committed to North Carolina," said Reed. "I've always been a Tar Heel fan, ever since I was little. And once I got the offer, I went to the campus and fell in love with the coaching staff and the atmosphere. And so many people committed – I'm the 21st commitment of the year, that's the most commitments out of all the teams in the ACC. I just was trying to be a part of that."

Among those 20 commitments was Reed's teammate and close friend Darius Powell, who committed in mid-June.

"It really didn't have anything to do with my decision," said Reed. "His parents they love North Carolina, too. They are happy that I'm going with him."

Reed, who also owns scholarship offers from Akron, Illinois, Kent State, Marshall, Temple, and Vanderbilt, had considered UNC his leader for the past few months. However, it took visits to other schools for him to confirm that was the place he wanted to be.

"Basically, I knew where I wanted to be at," said Reed. "I took visits to Akron and Marshall. While I visited I saw some nice facilities and met a lot nice people, but from that I just knew I really wanted to be in North Carolina – that guaranteed it."

After taking those visits, Reed decided to call his recruiting coordinator, Tommy Thigpen, and commit. Reed spoke to Thigpen, head coach John Bunting, and running backs coach Andre Powell. The trio broke down a fairly confusing running back situation.

"They said I was their speed man," said Reed. "They got another dude from Ohio that committed [and] they got another dude from North Carolina."

Last season, Reed rushed 170 times for 1,336 yards and 18 touchdowns, while also recording 10 receptions for 133 yards. On defense, Reed is used all over the field racking up 29 tackles including three sacks. He deflected four passes and intercepted one that he returned for a touchdown.

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