By NU Athletic Communications
HB, 6-3, 220, Shawnee, Kan. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
Kyler Reed showed his versatility throughout his prep career at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan., playing a significant role on both offense and defense. Reed's ability will allow him to play either side of the ball at Nebraska, but he is scheduled to start his Husker career on offense as an H-back. The 6-3, 220-pound Reed helped Coach Kevin Kopecky's team to an 8-4 record and a trip to the Class 5A state semifinals--the third straight year Aquinas has reached the state semifinals. Reed rushed for 350 yards out of the backfield, but made his biggest impact as a receiver with 500 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions. He also passed for a touchdown, and was a standout safety on defense. Reed's performance in leading Aquinas earned him first-team 5A all-state honors from the Kansas High School Coaches Association and honorable-mention all-metro honors from the Kansas City Star. During his junior season, Reed played all over the field, lining up as a wide receiver, fullback and defensive back for a 10-2 Aquinas team. His performance earned him all-area and honorable-mention all-metro accolades in 2006. Reed's versatility is evident in his rankings from recruiting services. ESPN.com ranks him as the nation's No. 1 fullback, while Rivals.com lists him among the nation's top athlete prospects and Scout.com lists him among the top 20 weakside linebackers in the country. Rivals and Scout also ranked Reed among the top 10 prospects in Kansas and SuperPrep Magazine lists him among the top 40 players in the Midlands Region. Reed comes to Nebraska from the same high school that produced 2007 senior linebacker Lance Brandenburgh. Reed was born on April 14, 1990, and is the son of Linda Reed and Kenny Reed.