"After talking to my family and (McClymonds' head football coach Alonzo) Carter, I verballed," Reed told Cyberbears Tuesday. "(Cal) was just the right fit."
Reed, who stands 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, burst onto the recruiting scene last summer at the Cal summer camp. In fact, Reed impressed Bears coach Jeff Tedford so much that Tedford offered Reed a scholarship as a rising sophomore.
Reed has made dramatic improvements in his game over the past two years while working with nationally renowned quarterback guru Roger Theder. "(Coach Theder) is a key aspect of my game," Reed said. "I see him once a week. He's been there for me since the 10th grade."
A year after Coach Tedford and Cal became the first school to offer, Reed improved his stock when he performed well at the MSL and Nole combines during the last month. A strong-armed athletic quarterback with good skills, Reed's potential led the Bears, UCLA, Washington, Oregon State, and several other top schools to extend scholarship offers to him.
In the end however, Coach Tedford's reputation for developing quarterbacks was the sticking point for Reed.
"(Coach Tedford) knows what he is talking about," Reed said. "A lot of coaches can't say they played (quarterback) but he can. He has a lot of experience."
The Bears - who have now have nabbed three quarterbacks in the last two years (Nate Longshore and Joseph Ayoob being the others) - are now well stocked at the QB position, but CyberBears Insiders have reason to believe there may still be one slot open.
Reed is well aware of the competition that awaits him once he arrives on campus - but says he is looking forward to it. "I don't think that is going to be that big of a problem," Reed said about competing for a starting spot. "I feel I'm capable of beating out some guys."
Now that his recruitment is over, the Oakland native says he will focus of getting better as a player as well as putting an extra emphasis on his work in the classroom. Reed currently holds a 2.8 GPA and will take the SAT I for the first time on June 5th.
"This has been a big learning experience for me," Reed said of the recruiting process. "I've learned something new every day. It has been overwhelming at times but it's been fun.
"I do feel a big relief though now that it's over. Now I can focus on the (McClymonds High School) football season coming up."
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