For the class of 2011 there have been a lot of players who have been discussed as Texas' best but one player that seems to have been forgotten in those conversations is Cleveland, Texas defensive end Cedric Reed. At 6-foot-6, and 235-pounds Reed fits the mold of a long and rangy defensive end and with two sacks last Friday night his production seems to match his early offer list.
An offer list that includes LSU, Nebraska, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and many others. One of those who also sent an official offer to him last week was the Oklahoma Sooners.
"I had expected it, they had told me verbally that I was going to get one," Reed said. "I'm familiar with Oklahoma and their program, I am glad to have the offer."
Not only did he pick up an offer from the Sooners last week but also made the drive up to Arlington, Texas to watch Oklahoma's upset at the hands of BYU. In spite of the loss Reed says the trip was a success.
"It was good, I had a good time at Oklahoma-BYU," Reed said. "The loss, you can understand that. Sam Bradford got hurt, the linemen weren't blocking and Jermaine Gresham wasn't playing. The way it was going they were going to lose that game and all their players.
"And yeah the stadium was nice, there was a lot of room, I could play in there!"
Though Reed is a formidable player on the football field he says that he grew up dreaming of stardom on the hardwood. Admittedly that has left him with a lot left to learn and while he watches local NFL star Mario Williams each week he isn't afraid to admit he learns from many of his contemporaries.
"I just try to learn from other people and learn from what they are doing. You know Jackson Jeffcoat, the No. 1 defensive end, I try to look at his film and watch him to try and learn what he does," he said.
"I also like Mario Williams, I try and play like him. I'm not built like him but I try and learn from what he does."
Reed says he doesn't have any immediate future plans to catch any games but in October he plans to be busy with back to back weekends of catching some of the season's biggest games, at least in pre-season talk.
"I'm probably going to watch Oklahoma-Texas, I'm also going to the LSU-Florida game on Oct. 10," Reed explained.
It seems that in time these high profile games may be no match for Reed's recruiting reputation with more and more schools taking notice of one of Texas' most talented juniors.