4-Star Safety Jaylen Reed Commits to Penn State

By Matt de Bear on April 9, 2020 at 5:02 pm
Four-star Penn State safety commit Jaylen Reed
Allen Trieu, 247Sports
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Two weeks after Landon Tengwall ended a lengthy recruiting drought, Penn State has picked up another blue-chip commitment. Four-star safety Jaylen Reed has committed to the Nittany Lions.

The Lions extended their scholarship offer in February of 2019. Safeties coach Tim Banks, an alumnus of Martin Luther King High School which Reed attends, quickly made the Michigan blue-chipper a priority target for Penn State.

The REED File

  • Class: 2021
  • Size: 6'0/190 lbs.
  • Pos: Safety
  • School: Martin Luther King HS/Detroit, MI
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9121)
  • Composite Rank: No. 10 Safety, No. 237 overall

Reed holds offers from a litany of top college football programs. Georgia, USC, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon, and Tennessee are just some of the over 30 FBS scholarship offers on the table. However, it was the home state Michigan State program that was Penn State's top competition. The Spartans' new coaching staff re-offered Reed in early-March.

Reed was most recently on campus in mid-January. That visit was his first reported visit to Happy Valley. It turned out to be a crucial trip now that on-campus visits are shut down until at least June 1. It was his relationship with Banks that proved to be a critical factor.

As a player, Reed checks just about every box you look for in a safety prospect. His athleticism is apparent on tape, but for a soon-to-be high school senior, he also shows remarkable instinct both in pass coverage and in the box against the run. 

Reed is the fourth member of the Nittany Lions' class of 2021 and the first defensive back. His commitment moves Penn State up to No. 24 nationally in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

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