Football Notebook: J Reed Update

Football Notebook: J Reed Update

Since Jonathan Reed was one of the first commitments in Kentucky's 2012 football recruiting class, it might have been only natural for him to have second thoughts about his decision.

Since Jonathan Reed was one of the first commitments in Kentucky's 2012 football recruiting class, it might have been only natural for him to have second thoughts about his decision.

First, the Indianapolis defensive back watched all the struggles the Cats had during the season before they knocked off Tennessee in the final game to finish 5-7. Second, defensive backs coach Steve Brown, the coach Reed thought he would be playing for, was not retained for the 2012 season.

However, Reed said it was "weird how things worked out" when former UK?player Mike Cassity was hired as Kentucky's new secondary coach.

"When I was first offered a scholarship by Kentucky, he was coaching at Marshall and offered me a scholarship the same exact day Kentucky did," said Reed. "I had no clue then he would eventually be at Kentucky with me. It just happened to work out. I knew about him and hopefully that will give me a foot in the door to get some playing time. He has already seen my tapes and knows that I can do."

Reed still laughs when recalling it was only "about five minutes" between his scholarship offers from Kentucky and Marshall. "I was telling my mom that Kentucky offered me and then came Marshall calling," Reed said. "Coach Cassity didn't even know that until he came here (for a home visit). It was weird. He remembered me well and told me the same exact things he had at Marshall. He told me, ‘Just come in and play my game.' He may tweak a few things, but he wants me to come ready to play."

Cassity impressed Reed on his visit. He showed him a long list of players he had coached at various schools, including Louisville where he was defensive coordinator. "Then he pulled out another list and bunch of pictures of where those players are playing at now in the NFL. It was impressive," Reed said.

Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips has also stopped to see Reed — the same day he visited Indianapolis defensive lineman Langston Newton, another verbal commitment — and told him "how excited he was about the big class coming in" for next season.

"He says he wants to play a lot of younger players out of this class. You might see a new defense," Reed said.

What about Reed's hopes he can play early?

"He didn't discourage me. I've been hearing a lot about coming in ready and that I?might have a good shot at starting," Reed said. "I?have picked up weight. I weighed 176 when my season ended. Now I'm at 187. My body should be good by August. I've been hitting the weight room hard."

He plans to be at a "lot of spring practices" and certainly will be at the Blue-White Game to end spring drills because Kentucky "will be doing something for the signees."

Reed, who is active on Twitter, says he has developed friendships with a lot of players in Kentucky's 2012 recruiting class.

"I know we have a lot of good players coming in. I've watched a lot of highlight tapes," Reed said. "I got into following a lot of guys on Twitter. I got a lot of numbers that way."

He already knows who his roommate will be, too.

"I am going to room with (Highlands quarterback) Patrick Towles. That is my guy. He is one of my best friends now," Reed said. "I've seen his highlight tape. He is amazing."

Both took their official visits together and decided then to be roommates.

"There were no bad vibes. We talked. We went to parties and stuff," Reed said. "We just had a real good time together and said we've got to be roommates. We were up to 4 in the morning talking. We are excited about the season, life. We text a lot now. We are good. We both can't wait to be at Kentucky."

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