June 26, 2009

Memphis receiver walking on at MSU

Taylor Reed was poised to have a breakout senior season in 2008 at Memphis University School.

The 6-foot-2, 197-pound wide receiver was being looked at by several top programs. But on the first play of the first game of the year, Reed went down with a broken collarbone after a 50-yard reception sidelining him for seven games.

"On the first play of the first game I broke my collarbone," Reed said. "It's hard to say if that is why I didn't get anymore offers but let's just say it didn't help. I had a really good summer coming into my senior year. My team went to a 7-on-7 camp at Vanderbilt and I was one of the 15 guys on the all-tournament team. I was having a good summer and talking to teams like Vanderbilt and Duke were all waiting to see me during my senior season. After I got hurt, I never heard back from any of them."

Reed came back for the final six games of the season and hauled in seven touchdowns and eclipsed the 100-yard mark twice helping the Owls complete a perfect 13-0 season and capturing the Division II-AA State Championship.

But despite his successful comeback, only the Tigers offered him a scholarship. Reed took an official visit to the Memphis campus mere days before signing day but decided instead to weigh some other options.

"Well I only had one scholarship from Memphis so I looked at that first," Reed said. "After taking an official visit there for the weekend after I had gotten my scholarship, the coaches there were real nice but really just didn't feel like that was a fit for me."

But soon another program, Mississippi State, began to take notice and began contacting him about a possible walk-on spot. Reed was intrigued by the possibility of playing in the Southeastern Conference and decided to take a visit to the Starkville campus.

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