Grayson Reed’s decision is coming soon. That could work out well for Tennessee.
Reed, a four-star offensive tackle from Cypress Creek High School (Houston, Texas), told SEC Country that he’s close to announcing a small list of finalists and the Vols will definitely be in the final grouping after his visit to Tennessee’s junior day on Saturday. A final decision could come soon after that. He seems intent not to let his recruitment draw out.
Reed insisted that distance from home will not be a factor in his recruitment. He didn’t seem fazed by the four-hour plane ride it took to get from Houston, Texas to Knoxville, Tenn., for his first visit to see Tennessee’s campus.
“It was nice,” said Reed, who is the No. 32 offensive tackle prospect in the nation and the No. 34 overall prospect in Tennessee. “I’ve been waiting to come here. Everything was really good. Nice facilities. Good coaches. It was a great day.”
After conversations with Tennessee coach Butch Jones and offensive line coach Don Mahoney, Reed said he had high expectations of the visit. However, reality was even better than what he imagined.
“They passed them,” the 6-foot-5, 295-pound prospect said of his expectations. “This is really nice. I’ve never seen anything like this. I love Coach Jones and Coach Mo. They’re good people. I would like to play for them…Coach Jones was like ‘We love you. We want you here really bad.’ We’re just going to keep on building a relationship.”
Even though this was Reed’s first trip to Tennessee, his recruitment to be a Vol started long ago. He’s been a target for quite some time.
“It’s not just one coach from Tennessee,” Reed said. “It’s most of the coaches hitting me up everyday. If they’re going to hit me up everyday and show me lots of love, then of course I’m going to come up here. It’s the SEC. It’s Tennessee. I wanted to see what Tennessee looked like and I loved it.”
Reed, who said he’ll definitely visit Tennessee again, said he was very impressed with the Vols’ indoor practice facility. He also likes the idea of playing in the SEC.
“You play good competition every week,” Reed said. “Who wouldn’t want to play Bama, LSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss or Georgia? Every year they have players get drafted to the NFL. That’s what you want to play against. I want to play against the best of the best. The SEC is the best conference.”
Reed said he is still open to every school among his 25 scholarship offers. Yet the Vols have clearly distinguished themselves. And they didn’t just do so with facilities and conference affiliation. The Vols tempted Reed with some good ole’ fashioned home cooking.
“It was probably the food,” Reed said when asked what was his favorite part of the visit. “The food was really good. It was probably the best food I’ve ever had on a visit.”
Reed’s culinary choice? Pulled pork, macaroni and cheese and spicy chicken.
“It was really good,” he said. “It was real good.”
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