January 15, 2011

Indiana commit sets Iowa visit

Jake Reed thought he had ended his recruitment last April when he made a verbal commitment to Indiana. The Hoosiers made a coaching change and after meeting new head coach Kevin Wilson, Reed was content to stay with his home state school. That was until last week when he received a call from Iowa and now the three star prospect will be making a visit to Iowa City next week.

Iowa was involved in recruiting the 6-foot-4 and 230 pound native of Columbus, Indiana early on, but they saw him as a tight end prospect. The Hawkeyes filled up quickly at the position and it wasn't until Iowa defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski watched some tape on Reed last week that the Hawkeyes made another run at him.

"Coach Kaczenski stumbled upon my tape and liked what he saw and asked Coach Johnson about me," Reed said. "They said they needed a defensive end and asked me if I was interested in taking a visit. I told them I was interested. The next day they called me with an offer and we set up the visit."

Reed had always saw himself as a defensive end at the college level. He felt that he wasn't suited to be a receiver and had more upside potential at defensive end, where he earned All State honors this past season. Iowa's second look led to setting up and official visit to Iowa City next weekend.

The first order of business for Reed is a trip to Bloomington this weekend to spend some time with Coach Kevin Wilson and the rest of the newly arrived Hoosier staff. As you might imagine, the trip to Iowa next weekend has caused a reaction from the Indiana coaches.

"They obviously don't like to see their commits looking at other places and they have basically said that if I do take the Iowa visit that they will also start looking at other guys at my position in the event that I do change my mind."

Reed says that the relationship with Coach Wilson and his staff hasn't become strained as a result of his decision to visit Iowa. Both sides realize this is a big decision for Reed and have taken a very professional attitude towards the situation.

"Coach Wilson said he isn't mad at me and he knows I have a big decision to make," he said. "There are no hard feels at all and we both know where we are coming from. It's all part of the recruiting process."

Both schools go into the visits on somewhat of an even playing field. While Reed is more familiar with the Bloomington campus, having visited there numerous times during the fall, the coaching staffs are essential even in terms of relationships with him.

"With the previous coaching staff at IU I had a real long term relationship with them and felt comfortable with them. Now it's really like I know the Iowa staff just as well as the IU staff because they are all new to me. Both schools are pretty much on the same level and I will be meeting a lot of new people on both visits. I will need to get to know all of them on my visit."

Reed says that he wants to get to know the players from each school on the visit and find out not only if he fits in with the guys who will be his family for the next four or five years, but what their views are of the coaches and the relationships they have with them.

He expects to make a fairly quick decision after the two visits and will rely on his parents and high school coach to help him sort through the visits.

"I only have about a week to really make the decision after the Iowa visit. I'll make it shortly after the visit."

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