Reed Impressed by Badgers at Junior Day

Holding two offers, Columbus North tight end/lineman Jake Reed doesn't expect to stay at that number. With four BCS teams hot on his heels, Reed, an All-Conference selection at tight end, is starting to take closer looks, like the one he took to Wisconsin for Junior Day.

MADISON – Junior tight end Jake Reed recently returned from a visit at Camp Randall and was pleasantly surprised at the experience he had during Wisconsin's Junior Days.

"It was all really nice and really impressive. Their reputation as a football team is really attractive," said Reed to Badger Nation.

Reed likes all of the Big Ten facilities that he has been able to see up close but liked Wisconsin the most so far.

Reed likes the style of play that Wisconsin uses and was impressed by the record it had with the tough Big Ten schedule.

Reed has received an offer from Indiana and Louisville but there are quite a few teams that he's got his eyes on.

"I'm looking at Purdue, Cincinnati, Northwestern, and Wisconsin," said Reed. "All of those schools continue to stay on contact with me."

Coming off a tough year where his team finished 5-6, Reed is working endlessly on his skills so that he can be even a bigger force next season.

"I'm working on my speed, strength, and my hands," said Reed

Reed feels that he possesses certain intangibles right now that coaches love to see in players.

"My pride is that I am a good blocking tight end and I go hard through every whistle," said Reed.

While Reed is being billed as a tight end, Reed does get to play on the other side of the ball as a defensive end. Reed hopes that defensive end will be a permanent position for him not only next season but in college.

When Reed visits schools one of the most important expectations he has is the quality of the coaching staff. Reed wants to know the coaching staff has a game plan in every facet. Reed also feels that the visit in general is the most important factor when deciding on a school. Reed feels that recruits need to visit schools before making a commitment.

"The visit is the most important step in the process," said Reed. "I have to be able to see myself at that school for five years."

A quiet leader who leads by example and works hard in all places is how Reed describes himself as a player. Reed feels that what he brings on the field and would be a beneficial factor for the Badgers. Also off the field, Reed took note of the big community service aspect that Wisconsin talks about with its recruits.

Reed has received invites to both Notre Dame's and Michigan's Junior Days but will be unable to attend due to Spring Break plans. Plans for the near future are not set in stone. Once Reed starts getting more official invites he will plan around his upcoming season.

"I plan to make my decision probably by this summer," said Reed.


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