Reed's versatility is a key to success

While Santa Ana DT Spencer Gasu is getting most of the recruiting attention so far this offseason, his linemate DT Ted Reed (6-1, 280) is a versatile prospect who has started to get his own share of suitors. JCFootball.com got in touch with Reed recently and he talked about his goals this season and how recruiting is coming along.

Reed was a full-qualifier out of Garden Grove High School in California, but because it's such a small school and didn't play in a big conference, he got overlooked. So he decided to go with the school that recruited him first.

"The (Santa Ana) coaches recruited me pretty early," Reed said. "A lot of the other schools, when they were recruiting me, they talked down about the other schools. The Santa Ana coaches didn't do that. They were real positive and upbeat and pretty much sold me on why they wanted me and what they could do to help me get better."

As a freshman for the Dons, Reed rotated with the starters all along the line, but this year he's set to team with Gasu inside and he plans to be the run-stuffer the team needs.

"Last year I played mainly at end," Reed said. "This year I'll be inside and I think I'm a little better suited to play there. I'm strong and I never quit. I have a good motor. That's what people have told me and it's what sets me apart."

Reed benches 430 pounds and squats 550, but he said he's working hard to get quicker and faster so as to track down running plays that are away from his side.

"My forty time is a big one that I want to get better," Reed, who runs a 5.2 forty, said. "I also am working on getting some more moves down. Last year I used the rip move a lot, but I want to get better at spinning and stuff like that. I'm working really hard on my feet and getting them quicker."

On the recruiting front, Reed is hearing from several schools, but at this point only one D-1AA schools has shown a lot of attention.

"I get letters from a bunch of schools, but Idaho State is the one after me the hardest right now," Reed said. "San Diego State, UTEP, Iowa State and Oregon State all have sent me letter and there were a bunch of schools out at our spring practices and my coaches said some seemed interested, but right now those are the only ones really contacting me."

Because he was a qualifier, Reed can leave at any time, but he should have his AA in December and will have three years to play two after this season.

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