Hoosiers add tight end/defensive end for 2011

Jake Reed, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end/defensive end from Columbus North, has committed to Indiana for the Class of 2011 according to his coach Tim Bless.

Bless said Reed was technically recruited as a tight end, but that he could end up playing on either side of the ball at IU.

“I think he’s got the capability of doing either,” Bless said. “That’s a discussion they’ll have to have. That has to play itself out.”

Bless said Reed was mostly used as a blocking tight end last season, but he was a force in the running game. He made the most of his opportunities in the passing game with eight catches for 147 yards.

“I think what gave him Big Ten offers was his ability to destroy opponents on the other side of the ball,” Bless said.

Reed was rarely used on defense last season, Bless said, because Columbus North had two senior defensive ends. This year, however, he will get a lot more opportunity to show his abilities there.

“I can’t wait to see what kind of impact he can have for us over there,” Bless said. “That’s kind of untapped potential.”


  1. Its still early, but he had an offer from Louisville and interest from a bunch of other BCS schools. Hasn’t been evaluated yet on Rivals, already has 3-stars on Scout. Just looking at the headline of an article on Scout, he was being contacted by most of the Big Ten.

  2. I saw this kid play twice last year. The Mark Bless quote — “his ability to destroy opponents on the other side of the ball” — is not hyperbole. Loves to hit. Good size, too.

  3. This kid will be a great addition to IU. Great pick up. I can’t wait to see how he does on the defensive end this season.

  4. Sounds like a good pick up.

    I understand the redshirt idea, but I would like a few of these talented youngsters to get a shot right away. Maybe that would encourage a few more in the recruiting process to come to IU and play right away. It also might build up a little competition in the ranks of the older players.

    Looking forward to 4/17.

  5. A consistent redshirt process is how the big boys build depth in unskilled positions. Competition using redshirt sophomores against upperclassmen makes far more sense than playing new freshmen recruits. A fifth year is almost always a plus. Skill positions can be more discretionary. Ask Ohio State.

  6. Really Hugh? Looked at our game film from Lucas Oil last night after I saw the announcement. I didn’t exactly see anyone get destroyed. In fact, BHSN did a pretty good job of controlling that side of the line of scrimmage & most of CN’s yards on the ground came on cut backs to the weak side. He must have had a better game against South.

  7. Don’t be jealous GD.

    There were two for sure D1 recruits on the field that day. Be happy that IU has a commit from one of them and cross your fingers they get the other.

  8. HC,

    I will agree with every point you made. Are we one of the “big boys”?

    And I did say “a few”.

    I also want to be there when you tell the 6-4 tight end/def end that he is unskilled.

    And I wouldn’t ask Ohio State what time it is.

  9. Not jealous, Skillet. Just reminding the HT reporter that he’s throwing Bloomington kids under the bandwagon.

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