Wednesday, January 24, 2001
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Posted on: Wednesday, January 24, 2001

California prep linebacker commits to UH

List of UH football recruits
Utes get Kahuku lineman

By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

The son of a noted Los Angeles-based Teamsters leader has accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Hawaii football team.

Leo Reed Jr., a linebacker from West Lake High in Ventura, Calif., said he will sign an NCAA letter of intent on Feb. 7, the first day high school seniors may sign binding commitments.

His father is Local 399 secretary-treasurer Leo Reed Sr., who has played a significant role in negotiating television and film production in Hawaii.

The younger Reed’s brother, Dewey Reed, and cousin, Tanoai Reed, are former UH players. Reed Sr., who was born and raised in Laie, moved to the Mainland in the early 1980s.

Reed Jr. said he visits his relatives in Laie every summer. "I love Hawaii," he said. "I love the people."

Reed Jr., who is 6 feet and 230 pounds, amassed 17 sacks last year. He can run 40 yards in 4.7 seconds and bench press 185 pounds 30 times without resting.

He was named the Marmonte League’s most valuable defensive player in 2000. He also was named to the league, county and area all-star teams.

West Lake went 11-1 before losing in the semifinals of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division IV playoffs.

Reed Jr. received several scholarship offers, but UH apparently had the inside track from the start. His father and UH coach June Jones are close friends, and they met several times during the family vacation last summer.

Reed Jr. visited the UH campus last weekend, and decided to accept the scholarship offer shortly after returning to the Mainland.

"I really like the school a lot," said Reed Jr., who watched all of last season’s UH football telecasts on Fox Sports West cable. "I like the coaches, too."

Reed Jr. played inside linebacker in high school, but is expected to be tried at all three linebacker positions in fall camp.

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