Speedster Effrem Reed of Dutchtown High School is prepared to make his senior season a memorable one. Last year, Dutchtown went 7-3 in the regular season and entered the 5A playoffs as the No. 6 seed, but No. 27 Comeaux pulled off a 17-7 upset over the Griffins in the first-round and that loss has Reed and his teammates focused for the fall.
"That first-round loss is eating us up," Reed said. "We weren't together as one last year. Our team was segregated between the offense and defense. I had a talk with my coach a couple weeks ago and he told me that it's my team. I'm the only returning captain from last year and I have a lot on my shoulders. Coach told me to be ready for 25-30 carries a game.
"He said I'm going to tote the rock all day and I know my teammates are backing me up. We have all 11 starters coming back on offense and nine returning on defense. We're going to continue running the Wing-T but we're also planning to open things up some with the spread offense."
Last year, Reed rushed for approximately 900 yards in the regular season and averaged close to six yards per carry. His biggest outings were versus St. Amant (32-246, three TDs), West Jefferson (21-128), and Lutcher (13-121, one TD). There's no question that Reed, who added more than 300 additional yards on returns/receiving, has the ability to take the football to the house on any touch.
"I have good breakaway speed," he said. "I can probably run a 4.40 flat. LSU is recruiting me pretty heavily and they want me to run a fast 40 time at their camp. I've been hearing from LSU, Southern Miss, Tulsa, Northwestern, and Ole Miss.
“I expect LSU and Tulsa to offer me. If LSU offers me, I would probably commit on the spot. There's just something about LSU. I was invited to several LSU games last year and I'm going to visit Tulsa this summer. I've been to Ole Miss and Southern Miss already and I'm going to camps at LSU, Tulsa, and Alabama this summer."