The Texas A&M
staff always embraces surprise visitors to their campus, especially coveted defensive prospects such as Cedric Reed
. Sunday marked the 3rd visit to Aggieland for the Reed family this year and it's becoming clear to many that the Scout.com 4-star DE has sincere interest in the Aggies. Reed's father emailed Coach Terrell Williams Saturday night to let him know they would be attending the team's first scrimmage.
"It went well. I got to talk with Aaron Green
and Ladarius Brown
a bunch. My dad and I thought it would be a good idea to come down for their scrimmage on our way back home from Austin. We got there late so we didn't get to see them practice much, but the team looked good during the scrimmage."
Cedric and his father Lierick are extremely close. It's important for Cedric's father, who is a great mentor and friend, to be able to see his son play on Saturdays. Another main factor in Reed's decision, besides proximity, is the relationship with his position coach.
"I'm looking for trust with the position coach I am going to be playing for. My dad and I really like Coach Williams and his coaching style. He is a cool guy."
Cedric and his father also visited UT's practice on Saturday, and they have plans to be back up there next weekend.
"UT's practices were very intense with a lot of talking and screaming going on. I haven't been able to make it to any of A&M's real practices so it's hard to compare the two but I liked their scrimmage," said Reed. Cedric had this to say about his intentions in Austin for the Longhorn's spring game: "I'm going up there to watch the relays and then watch the game. That's it."
It's a dream for every recruit of Reed's caliber to play in one of the two High School All-American Bowls held every year. Cleveland, Texas is a small town that doesn't receive the kind of publicity other high profile programs do, and it would mean a whole lot to the 6-foot-5, 245 pounder to be selected to play in San Antonio along with the top recruits in the nation next January.
"It would be an honor for me to play in the Army All-American bowl. Coming from a small town like Cleveland, it would be good for me and it would make my hometown happy, too."
There is no doubt that Cedric has the abilities to stand alongside the top talent in the nation in San Antonio next year. In 2010, Nate Askew
, Jake Matthews
, and Cedric Ogbuehi
all represented A&M with pride in the Alamo Bowl, and the Aggies would love nothing more than to have Reed sporting the Maroon & White on national television in 2011. Expect a decision from the Cleveland native in the coming weeks, so stayed tuned to Websider because they will be the first service notified of Reed's decision.
The Texas A&M staff always embraces surprise visitors to their campus, especially coveted defensive prospects such as Cedric Reed. Sunday marked the 3rd visit to Aggieland for the Reed family this year and it's becoming clear to many that the Scout.com 4-star DE has sincere interest in the Aggies. Websider's Taylor Hamm spoke to Cedric after his visit.
Cedric Reed (Cleveland HS) Speaks To Websider About His Visit To A&M Over The Weekend