When it came down to choosing between Arkansas State and Memphis for El Dorado, Ark., quarterback Taylor Reed, the Tigers had something significant working in their favor.
"I grew up in Memphis," Reed said. "I lived there 10 years of my life, and I really enjoyed it."
Pretty soon, Reed will be moving back there.
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The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, who led his high school to two Class 6A state championships, has committed to the Tigers.
"It feels like I'm coming home," Reed said. "It was a difficult choice. I had a great relationship with both staffs. I took visits to both, and loved everything about both. But I honestly felt I have a better opportunity at Memphis."
During the recruiting process, Reed, a two-star prospect, developed a close relationship with the Tigers staff, and that also was a factor, he said. A dual-threat quarterback, Reed thinks he is a good fit for the Memphis offense.
"They're multiple, which is the same thing we do at El Dorado," Reed said. "I feel like I can produce there. I just want to go in and benefit the team however I can."
Reed feels as though he will bring a high football IQ to the Tigers program. It certainly didn't hurt that his father, Scott, was his head coach in high school.
"That helped me a lot," Reed said. "We watched a lot of film together, and if I ever had a question, he was there to answer it. It was kind of like our minds were together on the field."