Junior to Watch: Desmond Reed

The cornerback/wide receiver, Desmond Reed from Temple City, has some of the best early buzz among high junior prospects...

Desmond Reed, WR/DB, 5-10, 170, Temple City (Calif.) High, is thought to be one of the football prospects in Southern California to really keep an eye on. Quick and talented, many opponents last season said that Reed was easily the best player they faced.

Reed had 58 catches for 1266 yards as a wide receiver, and 56 tackles and 9 interceptions as a cornerback last year. He said that most schools are recruiting him for both sides of the ball, but that he could understand if college coaches projected him as a cornerback on the next level.

"I could probably see myself playing corner," Reed said,'But I'd hopefully like to play some receiver."

With 4.4 speed, Reed feels that his quickness and ability to close on the ball – on either offense or defense –is what sets him apart.

Originally from Alabama, he moved to Southern California in the 4th grade, and he said that living in both places influenced which colleges were his favorite growing up. "Growing up, before I moved, I really liked Alabama," he said. "But after I came to California, UCLA was my favorite."

As of right now, Reed said that Florida is currently his favorite school, with UCLA a close second. He also named Arizona as a potential destination, but added that he was "thinking about many schools at this point and thinking about all the options."

When asked why he favored Florida, Reed said, "I like Florida's offense and defense, the schemes they run. But with a new coach, I'm really curious to see what they're like now."

He said he has no problem with living the area to go to school. "I grew up in the south, so I'm comfortable there, too. My family, it wouldn't really matter to them where I go."

When considering if he'd like to decide early or wait, Reed thought he'd probably take his time with the decision. "I'll probably wait. There's a lot that goes into the decision. I'd like to take some trips, check it all out, before I decide. I'm looking for a good football program, at a school with good academics and a good location."

Reed said he has a 2.7 GPA and will take the SAT for the first time in May.

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