Butler's Reed is one to watch in 2011

Butler is loaded yet again on both sides of the ball and one player who has grabbed the attention of quite a few four-year schools is DT Chaquil Reed (6-3, 290). JCFootball.com caught up with the talented interior defensive line prospect and he updated us on how things are coming along this offseason...

Reed prepped at Wichita (Ks.) East High School and was being courted by several D-1 programs, but was unable to qualify.

"It was the tradition here at Butler that made me want to be here," Reed told JCFootball.com recently. "I had a cousin (Demonte Hill) who played here too, so it was the best place I could find and I knew I would get the right coaching and academics to play at the next level."

As a freshman last season, Reed played both the nose tackle as well as the three-technique, pass-rushing, defensive tackle spot, posting 21 tackles.

"I can rush the quarterback or I can stop the run, but I'm a better run stopper right now," Reed said. "That's something I'm working on a lot this summer, my pass-rush, so I can be more of a threat there and that will allow my teammates to get more one-on-ones so they can make plays.

"I'm doing speed drills and working on my explosion a lot, so that I can get off the ball quicker and be more of a pass-rusher."

Recruiting at Butler is typically handled by the coaches who prefer their players to focus on the season and then worry about offers and visits later in the process. That has been the case for Reed, but he said he has heard from a few schools.

"They just want us to worry about school and football and not to think any one of us is more important than the other one," Reed said. "I have spoken with Toledo, Minnesota, Kansas and Kansas State, but that was back in the spring.

"I just want to find a school where I can feel comfortable and who I fit in their scheme. I feel I can do it all, so it really will be how a team wants to use me, but also how I get along with the coaches and how I bond with the players.

"Education is important too, so I want to find the right balance for both."

Reed is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2011 football season. Chaquil Reed Scout Profile

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