Everyone associated with recruiting high school prospects realizes how important it is to recruit the parents.
No matter what the prospect thinks, if mom doesn't trust where she is sending her son for the next four years, all bets are off.
One Southern Methodist University pledge has made his decision, after a home visit by Coach Tim Hundley; Taylor Reed's parents are closer to being on board with their son's decision.
"I have had my mind made up for a while," Reed told PonyStampede.com Monday night. "I'm not wasting time with any other schools right now. My parents really liked Coach Hundley a lot; they will go on my official visit with me this weekend, to make their final decision. I'm sure they will love it as much as I do."
The Beaumont Westbrook standout linebacker is excited about the opportunity to play football at the next level.
"This is a dream come true," Reed said. "The visit with Coach Hundley went great. He explained a lot of things about college football, he told us that they are expecting me to come in and be a big asset to the team right away."
Several schools have come by recently to watch tape on Reed's talents, but the speedy linebacker has told his high school coach to tell them he was committed to the Mustangs.
"Like I said, my mind is set," Reed said. "I'm very happy with my choice. I will take my official visit there this weekend, I'm very excited about it, I'm glad my parents are going with me."
Reed, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete that runs a 4.5 forty, expects to play outside linebacker for SMU.
"Coach Hundley has done a great job recruiting me," Reed said. "He is a great guy and I have developed a great relationship with him. Getting the opportunity to play for June Jones is just something I can't pass up."
Westbrook's head coach explained last week what type of team player Reed was.
"We have the No. 1 running back in the state, so when we moved Taylor to linebacker he didn't disappoint," Coach Stump said. "He responded by earning first team all district honors as a junior and is having a great senior season so far."
Stump feels that SMU is getting a great player.
"Taylor really flies to the ball," Coach Stump said. "He has great football instincts; he really has a nose for the football."