Three-star TE likes UofL's new direction

Three-star TE likes UofL's new direction

Louisville sent an offer to three-star Columbus (IN) North lineman Jake Reed last week and the 6-foot-4, 231-pound standout made an unofficial visit to Louisville over the weekend to meet Charlie Strong and check out the Cardinals program.

Louisville's former coaching staff knew about Jake Reed, a three-star lineman from Columbus, Indiana. But Reed got lost in the coaching shuffle after Charlie Strong took over the Cardinals program.

That is until Strong and his staff re-discovered the 6-foot-4, 230-pound athlete, sending a scholarship offer to Reed last week.


Jake Reed has two offers.
"I was shocked," Reed said. "I hadn't really heard from them in a while. Once the new coaches got settled in and got to re-look at everybody again Coach Strong decided he liked what he saw. They're really trying to keep in touch with me now."

Reed is interested in Louisville. He made a visit to UofL with his mother on Saturday to meet Strong's coaching staff, check out the facilities and attend Louisville's basketball game against Syracuse. The talented lineman came away convinced that Strong and staff are going to turn the Louisville program back into a championship contender in the Big East soon.

"It was really nice. I got to talk to some of the coaches," Reed said. "I think they know what they're doing and they're pretty enthusiastic about what is about to happen. We checked out the practice fields, the players room and then went to the game."

Saturday wasn't Reed's first visit to Louisville. He was an unofficial visitor to one of the Cards' football games last season.

"I had been on an unofficial visit to one of their football games," Reed said. "They [Strong's coaching staff] told me they'd be happy to have me and that I should really look into them [because] in a season or two they're going to be back on top in the Big East. They're even looking forward to a BCS championship."

While Reed plays tight end in high school, Louisville seems to think his future in college will be as an athletic offensive lineman.

"When they talked to Coach [Tim] Bless they asked if I was versatile and if I could be an athletic tackle for them," Reed said. "I think in college I'd rather be a defensive lineman. Louisville has told me they like how physical I am and they think I could be an asset on either side of the ball."

Reed currently holds offers from Louisville and Indiana. He's also been hearing from Cincinnati, Northwestern, Iowa and Wisconsin.

"I have one other offer from Indiana," Reed said. "I've been down there a couple times for football games and for their junior day. They're only about 45 minutes away so I get to go there quite a bit it seems."

Reed likes both Louisville and Indiana and said he's not ready to name a leader in his recruitment at the moment.

"They both have qualities that I like," Reed said. "IU is close and I've been an IU fan forever. Then again, Louisville has a lot to offer with their new coaching staff, where they're taking things and what I think they're going to do in the Big East."

Reed said he has no other visits planned. Louisville asked him to attend junior day on March 27 and Reed says he'll attend, "If I don't have anything else going on that day." Reed's plans to make a decision this summer and his recruitment might come down to the Cardinals and Hoosiers.

"I want to get that settled and be able to focus on my senior year," Reed said.

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