June Jones spent nine years as the head coach of Hawaii.
During that time he and his staff built a lot of relationships on the Island and earned a lot of respect with some of the state’s top high school prospects.
Kailua’s linebacker Shawn Reed is one of several prospects that the new Southern Methodist University coaching staff appears to be recruiting.
“I have a lot of interest in SMU,” Reed told PonyStampede.com Sunday evening. “I built a great relationship over the past few years with Coach (Jeff) Reinebold and Coach Jones.”
Reed, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker that runs a 4.6 forty, plays inside linebacker for his Kalaheo High School team, he expects to play outside linebacker at the next level. He currently holds an official offer from Army, but hopes that isn’t his last one.
“SMU seems close to offering, I would love to get an offer from them,” Reed said. “They are showing me a lot of interest. Coach Reinebold has a lot of spirit, he is a great coach. I love what Coach Jones did here on the Island. I went to every home game.”
Reed is looking for a great school with a good academic reputation; he is currently considering studying business.
“Academics are very important to me, to get a quality education is my first priority,” Reed said. “Location is also important; SMU is in a big city, it would be a fun change.”
One thing that impresses Reed about Coach Jones and SMU is the success and respect the veteran coach garnered while he was the Warriors head coach.
“I’m sure he will bring that same exciting style to SMU,” Reed said. “He is such a great coach, everyone over here hated to see him leave.”
Reed finished his junior season with over 110 tackles, earning him the pre-season rating of the No. 7 player in the state of Hawaii by IslandAthlete.com.
Reed has already scored a 1,000 on the SAT and currently holds a 3.8 G.P.A.
Other than Army and SMU, Alabama, Auburn, Boise State and Hawaii are the other schools to be showing some early interest in Reed.