Patiently Waiting

When you're a player with the ability to single-handedly change a game -- like Dutchtown's Effrem Reed -- it would be easy to get frustrated while other prospects pile up scholarship offers. However, Reed has patience and he's just taking things one day at a time. This summer, Reed has criss-crossed the nation to visit schools and he just returned from a trip to Northern Illinois.

Effrem Reed of Dutchtown High School has been putting in the mileage this summer. Earlier this month, Reed traveled to the University of Tulsa and Southern Methodist University for camps at those respective schools - and this week, the senior running back/wide receiver visited the University of Northern Illinois.

"It was a hectic trip," said Reed of his flight to Northern Illinois. "We had a bumpy plane ride and then we were stuck at the airport for awhile. I was a little late getting there, but as soon as arrived, they walked me around the campus and showed me the indoor practice facility.

"I talked with the head coach, Coach (Jerry) Kill, a good amount while I was up there. I've been in contact with the coaches from Northern Illinois for some time now. I really didn't participate in their camp all that much, but I did run the 40, the shuttle, and I did some one-on-one work."

What was Reed's impression of the school?

"They have excitement surrounding the program at Northern Illinois," he said. "They've been to back-to-back bowl games and they told me that they're impressed with me - that they were glad for me to come up there. My highlight tape was sitting there on the coach's desk and they had a full written report on me.

"They have one of the biggest weight rooms that I've ever seen and they have a 40-yard track inside the weight room. Northern Illinois is one of the only schools that wants me to play running back. The coaches said that they have a senior and a junior at running back now and that I'd have a chance to play early if I go there. They talked with me about offers, but they couldn't offer me at the camp. They said to just to keep in touch and call frequently."

Reed, who will attend upcoming camps at Tulane and Southern Miss, has a favorable opinion of another school as well.

"I talked to Coach Reinebold of SMU this week and he said that he's taking a vacation to Japan - and that he'll be back in a couple of weeks. He said to just be patient. If SMU were to offer, then there would likely be no other choice for me. I really liked it at SMU."

Dutchtown went 7-4 in 2009 and entered the 5A playoffs as the No. 8 seed. The Griffins lose four-star safety Eric Reid (to LSU), but almost everyone else will be back. CB Johnathan Darville, LB Cole Harp, and safety Shaquille Lewis will be the leaders on defense. QB Leon Blouin also returns for his senior season.

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