With signing day approaching, the true craze of recruiting has overtaken college football programs. SMU is no exception.
Over the last few weeks SMU lost a commit, picked up a commitment and hit the jackpot by getting a big-time official visitor on campus this weekend in Daniel Gresham. Another unexpected visitor will be Prestonwood Christian safety J.R. Reed.
"I'm going to SMU for my visit on Friday. I'm really excited about it," Reed said. "I've never been there so I want to see the campus and the weight room and all of that. My parents are coming with me and they're excited about sitting down and meeting with Coach (June) Jones."
With Nate Gaines wavering, Reed would be a solid replacement. SMU has yet to offer the three-star defensive back, but he feels a scholarship could be extended this weekend.
Earlier this week, SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason made the short trip to Prestonwood Christian to meet with Reed and explain his current situation.
"Coach Mason seemed like a really cool guy. He told me that he really wanted me as a safety and that they're really interested in me right now," Reed said. "He said I should find out more on my visit. I also know Coach (June) Jones pretty well since I played with his son, and I know he's a really cool guy too."
If SMU does extend an offer, Reed says he is not sure if he would commit. But he did say that his interest in the Ponies is extremely high.
"I'm very interested in SMU. It's a good school, and it's close to home," Reed said. "But right now, I'm just weighing my options. I'm really looking for a stable coaching staff and a place where I feel comfortable and that my family likes."
At 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, Reed played safety, wide receiver and returned kicks and punts for Prestonwood Christian this past season. Reed, the son of former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jake Reed, currently holds offers from Akron, Grambling State, UNLV and Yale.
He plans on making his decision right before signing day.
Reed Making Official Visit To SMU
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