After months of waiting, Arkansas has decided to take a chance on one of it's top wide receiver prospects.
Dominique Reed committed to and signed with Arkansas on Wednesday.
Reed is rated a 4-star on 247sports and ESPN, and a high 3-star everywhere else. Regardless of rating, he had an impressive offer list considering his situation. Texas, Louisville, Oklahoma, Auburn, and Florida all offered.
Reed officially visited Arkansas back in November. It appeared at the time Arkansas wouldn't take a chance on him. He visited Auburn over the last weekend, and Arizona State earlier in January.
The worry with Reed whether or not he would qualify academically to be eligible to enroll at an SEC school. Taking these chances both burned and paid off for Arkansas last year, as Sebastian Tretola was able to qualify, but Jovan Pruitt was not. Rules stipulate that if a signee is not academically eligible, the school loses the scholarship against the 25 they're able to sign each year, so schools don't take as many risks as they used to. Reed will have an opportunity to pass the classes he needs to pass by this fall, but Arkansas won't know for certain until later this year if he will be able to come to Arkansas.
If he does, Reed will fill a receiver void left by K.J. Hill in a big way. Reed likely would've been rated higher and would've had his choice of schools if it wasn't for academics. Reed is a speedy, lengthy receiver that Arkansas has been looking for. He reports running a 4.35 40. That's the type of SEC speed that this team has been longing for at that position.
Being a JUCO prospect, Reed will have 2 years to play 2. Look for him to come in and compete for a starting spot almost immediately if he qualifies.
Reed is Arkansas' 24th commitment. This could be the end of Signing Day for Arkansas.