Junior defensive end Cedric Reed of Cleveland is one of the top players in his class with eight schools already saying he will be offered. On Monday morning, the 6-5, 243-pounder and his Cleveland teammates went through their first practice, which was an August scorcher as expected. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with the soft spoken junior.
Texas high school football practices began around the state today from schools in the 3A, 2A and 1A ranks as well as 5A or 4A programs that didn’t go through spring practice.
In Cleveland, the 3A Indians went through two a days spending roughly four hours in the hot, humid conditions in Texas in August. Last year, Reed would have been working on defense just as much as offense, but that isn’t the case this year as the 6-5, 243-pounder will focus more of his attention on the defensive side of the ball.
“The first practice was good,” Reed said. “It was really hot though. Last year I split time at tight end and defensive end, but this year I’ll likely play more defensive end. In practice, I’ll spend more time on defense. We have a lot of work to do to get ready for the season.”
Coming off a 2008 season in which the two year varsity starter recorded 75 tackles and nine sacks with colleges coming to Cleveland in droves, it would be easy for some to not spend the summer working on areas needed for improvement. Reed said he worked on one key area.
“I’m working on my speed. That’s it, my speed. You can always play more physical too, but I want to get faster,” said Reed, who has consistently timed in the 4.95 range.
Reed spent the summer not only working out, but also traveling around to various camps. Along with the camps, he has also had a busy summer with the recruiting process having been told he will be officially offered on September first by eight programs.
“I went to camps at UT, Oklahoma State at TSU (Texas Southern) and most recently the LSU three-day camp. I was really impressed with all the camps. They were the first camps I’ve been to, so I didn’t have anything to judge them against. I don’t have a favorite camp or have any favorites right now. I already have offers from eight schools. They are LSU, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas A&M, OU, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas Tech. Texas is recruiting me hard to and I think they’ll offer,” said Reed.
Reed, who is also receiving heavy interest from Florida State, Miami, Florida, California and UCLA, says he is looking forward to attending college games in the fall and is looking for an overall comfort level.
“I’m looking at a lot of things, most likely education, location and the overall school. Also a winning team and coaching staff,” Reed said.
The Indians are coming off of a 10-1 season in 2008 and return 15 starters. They begin the 2009 season ranked in the top 20 in 3A in the state.
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