It was just a few days ago when SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason went out to Prestonwood Christian to see J.R. Reed.
An offer was not extended, but Reed was invited to make an official visit. Reed did make it to the Hilltop this weekend and when he was finally offered during his meeting with Mason and head coach June Jones, he committed on the spot.
"I committed right away. My parents told me it was a great move, and they were really happy for me," Reed said. "The meeting went great. They want me to be a cover safety and also come up and hit as well. I really like Coach Jones. He treats us like NFL players so we feel like grown me. Coach Mason is a great guy too."
Reed, who is the son of former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jake Reed, was one of four players to commit to SMU over the weekend. He joins FW All Saints running back Daniel Gresham, Euless Trinity linebacker Inoke Ngalo and Army Prep cornerback Sidney Wilkinson.
So why did he pull the trigger so quickly?
"It just felt like home. They have a great fan base and support. It's close to home, and my family doesn't have to worry about me. Seeing how happy they were made me feel great," Reed said. "SMU is a great program on the rise. The campus was amazing."
Reed also said his player hosts, Jerry Saena and Myles Crosby, really made him feel like a part of the family.
"Myles and Jerry really embraced and showed me all about freshman life. I learned that you really have to enjoy college life. Myles said this year was the most fun he's ever had," Reed said. "He also said being with the team is great and that SMU is a great place. Myles is from the Dallas-area, and he said it doesn't feel like your next door to home, which is really cool."
A three-star prospect, Reed also held offers from Akron, Grambling State, UNLV and Yale.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has experience playing wide receiver and cornerback, but he really stood out at safety for Prestonwood Christian this season. He finished with 43 tackles and five interceptions.
Reed tore his ACL in the playoffs against Trinity Christian Addison and will greyshirt, which means he won't be on the Hilltop until next spring. During that time, Reed will continue to rehab.
"Greyshirting is fine with me. Coming off the injury, I'll have a chance to get bigger, faster and stronger," Reed said. "I ‘ll also have a chance to mature since I'm only 17. I had surgery on December 27, and I'm working my way back. Everything is going great with rehab."
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