Reed Glad He Stayed "Home''

Antwuan Reed didn't waste any time giving the University of Pittsburgh football team a verbal commitment once the Panthers extended a scholarship offer, and he hasn't slowed down since then.

A 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback, Antwuan Reed continued Greater Johnstown, Pa. High School's pipeline to the University of Pittsburgh. He joins tailback LaRod Stephens-Howling and center Scott Corson in 2008, but he got an early look at the Panthers and some possible future teammates at Pitt's Prospects Camp last week.

"I'm still very excited that I committed to Pitt, and I'm really looking forward to coming here next year,'' Reed said. "I wanted to stay fairly close to home, because I think it's important for players from Pennsylvania to stay in state to go to school. I wish more players would do that.

"The other good thing for me is that there already are a couple guys from my high school on the team. That was a real bonus. LaRod and Scott will still be at Pitt when I get here, so that's going to be great. We want to have even more success at Pitt than we had in high school.''

Reed and Stephens-Howling are extremely close. In fact, Pitt's leading rusher the past two seasons is Reed's godfather, and he offered the younger player some sage advice.

"He told me to go where I feel like going, whatever I felt was the best place for me,'' Reed said. "He never put any pressure on me to go to Pitt, but I'm definitely glad that I picked Pitt. And I'm glad he and Corson are there.

"I think there's a lot of Johnstown people at Pitt, so it's good to know people where you're going to college. That makes it even more like home for me."
,br> Reed appears to be a player who could get on the field immediately at Pitt. And that would suit him just fine.

"Pitt has some good recruits coming in this year and should be a good team,'' Reed said. "That's another reason why I committed to Pitt. They're building something great there, and I can't wait to be part of it.''

Reed is quite soft-spoken off the field, but on it he's made a lot of noise as a tailback, wideout, cornerback and kick returner. He has consistently run the 40-yard dash in around 4.4 seconds and is a threat to go the distance from anywhere on the field at anytime. He also had scholarship offers from Virginia and Buffalo, but excepted Pitt's offer without hesitation.

"The practice complex is real nice here, and all the coaches really make you feel at home,'' Reed said. "That was very important to me. I want to feel like I'm going to fit in, and Pitt made me feel that way. The coaching staff was very supportive and helpful, and I can't wait to play for them.''

Reed believed that his Trojans team was talented enough this season to make a run in the district and maybe even the state playoffs, and he's looking forward to having a huge year for them.

"I just want to take our team as far as we can go,'' Reed said.

Reed is a standout tailback for Johnstown. He ran for almost 1,500 yards last season and nearly 900 as a sophomore. Reed scored 25 rushing touchdowns in two seasons. He also ran back a punt for a score and returned two interceptions and one fumble for touchdowns.

While Greater Johnstown, Pa. High School coach Bob Arcurio has played Reed at every possible position where he could make an impact, he believes the speedster will contribute best on defense and possibly as a return man.

"I really like him on defense,'' Arcurio said. "He could make an outstanding cornerback in college. Antwuan is very fast, and he's not scared to hit you. He has an eye for the ball, and he's a real thoroughbred. He's a long strider with a tremendous amount of speed. He can shut down receivers.''

While Arcurio was not quick to compare Reed to Stephens-Howling, he noted that Reed wasn't as fast but had a bigger frame and more growth potential.

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