December 20, 2009

Bruins lead for junior tight end

Canton (Ohio) Timken Senior tight end Rakim Reed received his first offer on September 1, and he has been waiting for others since then.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect hails from Big Ten country but most of his interest has come from Big East schools thus far.

Pitt was the first school to extend an offer to Reed. What does the talented youngster from the Class of 2011 think about the Panthers? Are they a serious option?

"Yeah, I like them a lot," Reed said. "They're high. Others haven't offered me yet. It's just a lot of letters. LSU, Syracuse, UConn, Louisville ... a whole bunch of Big East schools, really."

Reed said most schools are familiar with what he can do because of the internet. When his film first started to circulate online he began to hear from colleges.

The interest probably wasn't aided by his team's performance this fall. Timken Senior finished 1-9 on the year, and much of their woes can be attributed to inconsistent play by the offensive line.

Reed lined up at tight end and wide receiver on offense, as well as defensive end on the other side of the ball. At 6-foot-4 and 205-pounds, and as just a junior in high school, Reed probably projects as a tight end at this point.

Despite the other schools he mentioned before, it's another program that tops his list at the moment.

"I would like to go to UCLA," he said. "They've sent me a couple of letters as well. I'd really like to go out there."

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