His Own Decision

Michael Reed made up his own mind where to attend college. But there were some ties, not only to Ole Miss but to the state of Mississippi.

Reed, a right-handed pitcher and outfielder who will sign with the Rebels in November, is the son of former Ole Miss defensive tackle Benton Reed, who lettered from 1983-85. Michael's mother was a cheerleader at Southern Mississippi, and his sister currently attends Mississippi State. They reside in Austin, Texas.

Reed, a senior at Leander High School, simply felt Ole Miss was where he wanted to play college baseball after a lengthy process that had his final five choices as Oklahoma State, Arkansas, TCU, and Texas State, in addition to the Rebels.

"It was completely my decision," said the 6-foot, 195-pounder. "It was cool that he (dad) went there, but this really was my decision."

It helped some that he had background information on Ole Miss and had visited for some football and baseball games – Egg Bowls and also the Tennessee series last April.

Michael Reed

"I had good knowledge of it before I visited (officially) on Sept. 18 (during the Vanderbilt football weekend)," Reed said. "My dad had told me about his experiences there. And I had done research on my own before I visited. I fell in love with it when I visited and got to see everything."

But there was a strong push by the other schools, and they are solid baseball programs. Ole Miss just came out on top for a number of reasons.

"The fan base is amazing," Reed said. "There's like 7,000-plus at games. The facilities are unbelievable. The campus life there is great. I talked to a lot of players, and everything they said played a part in it. I loved the coaches. Everything was what I was looking for."

Of course, the flip side is Ole Miss is getting a special player in Michael Reed. He helped lead his high school team deep into the Texas Class 5A playoffs this past spring, the largest classification in the state. He participated in the prestigious Area Code games in Long Beach, Calif., where his fastball was 90-92. He throws a two-seam, along with a changeup, curve ball, and slider.

He runs a 6.55 to 6.6 seconds in the 60-yard dash. From Oct. 22-25 he is in Jupiter, Fla., for the World Wood Bat Association World Championships.

Reed said he is happy to have his decision for college behind him and can't wait to get to Ole Miss.

"I'm excited to have it over with," he said. "The recruiting process was fun, but it was stressful, too. It was tough telling the other coaches I wasn't coming to their schools. Now that it's done, I'm great with it. I'm definitely excited to be a Rebel."

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