January 23, 2012

Decision time for QB, Matt Reed

Matt Reed, like a lot of football recruits, is having a tough time deciding his college future between Army and other schools.

But unlike most football recruits, the quarterback from Wichita (Kan.) Wichita Heights High School is confronting a decision between sports as well as schools that are complicating his thought process.

Does he pick Army for football?

Or does he consider wrestling in college with recruiting interest from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Chattanooga and NCAA Division II school Newberry in South Carolina?

"It's a tough choice," Reed said. "I've got to get home and talk to my parents and my coaches."

But Reed is having to think about the decision alone for at least the first 24 hours following his official visit over the weekend to West Point.

It was a great visit (Army).

- Quarterback prospect, Matt Reed

He was supposed to fly home to Wichita, Kansas, Sunday afternoon, but snow in the Midwest postponed his flights out of the Newark airport. He spoke to GBK from a Newark hotel room Sunday night while hoping to get out on a Monday morning flight.

"It was a great visit," Reed said relative to his official visit to West Point. "I really like how the classes are set up and the academic support. The facilities are great. The weight room is awesome, the indoor practice facility is great and the quarterback simulator is great."

He said he'd never seen a quarterback simulator, a video device that helps quarterbacks learn to read defenses.

Army is Reed's only football offer, but another option he is considering is playing junior college football with the plan to earn a scholarship to a Football Bowl Subdivision school after two years.

Reed as a wrestler is unique only because he's a quarterback. Football and wrestling are sports that go hand-in-hand, but it's usually linemen that benefit from the leverage skills used in wrestling that can be applied to the football field.

"I like wrestling and it helps you in other sports," Reed said. "As a quarterback, it helps me with footwork (as opposed to leverage with linemen)."

Reed has plenty of time to think about his decision on his return home, but it's not a decision he wants to make without returning home to discuss with family and coaches.

Another factor in his decision is the military commitment since he hadn't considered attending a military academy until Army started recruiting him.

"I'll probably make my decision by Thursday," he said.

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