Indianapolis corner closing in on IU offer

Indianapolis corner closing in on IU offer

As the Hoosiers try to build a quality program under new Coach Kevin Wilson they know that Indianapolis will always be a key recruiting battleground. The city always turns out its fair share of blue chip players and Wilson and his staff are busy trying to identify them. Recently, it's been a cornerback from Pike High School that has caught their eye.

As the Hoosiers try to build a quality program under new Coach Kevin Wilson they know that Indianapolis will always be a key recruiting battleground. The city always turns out its fair share of blue chip players and Wilson and his staff are busy trying to identify them. Recently, it's been a cornerback from Pike High School that has caught their eye.

"Indiana came by the school about two weeks ago and my head coach said they really liked me," said Jonathan Reed. "I think they are coming by a practice like Wednesday of this week. So that will be cool and maybe something will come out of that. Basically they just want to see workout in person and that's all they are waiting on I think."

Indeed, a scholarship offer could be just around the corner for the talented defensive back. He already holds offers from Temple, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, and Toledo and several other schools are showing high interest in the 5-foot-10, 178-pound speedster.

"Basically they all say they love my quick hips and my speed and my overall quickness," said Reed, who was clocked at 4.42 in the 40-yard dash. "They like my aggressiveness to come down and actually make the tackle rather than just making arm tackles. They like that I actually hit them."

Reed started last season at safety for Pike, but quickly moved to his current cornerback position and shined there. The Hoosiers have told him that he would be a good fit in their new system.

"I went there for their junior day and got to visit so I got to chance to meet the whole coaching staff and see what they were like," said Reed. "I like the scheme they are trying to put together. They could build a new dynasty and I like their playing style they are getting into, playing faster."

The Hoosiers new staff didn't have only their system to sell, though. Reed also left thoroughly impressed with amenities at the football complex.

"That is a great way to sell your program," said Reed. "The facilities are great. They got the largest weight room I've ever seen in my life and in the nation period. I like the stadium and the additions they have made. The indoor facilities, everything about it, it's all great."

If the Hoosiers do offer soon they will have some competition for the Indianapolis product. In addition to the four offers already in his pocket, Reed is hoping that schools like Ohio State, Oregon, Utah, Penn State, Southern Methodist, and Kentucky continue to increase their interest in him as well. He plans on keeping a busy summer schedule in the coming months so he can be seen by as many coaches as possible.

"I know that I will be going to the Nike camp on May 26th," said Reed. "Then there are some schools that I plan on camping at this summer and visiting the schools as well. I don't have all my stops figured out yet, but I know we are going to try and get to a lot of 7-on-7 camps and try to see most of the schools that are interested in me. Indiana will definitely be one of my stops, though."

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