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February 9, 2014

Former Indian Reed signs with SNU

COMANCHE — After a year of baseball at Murray State, former Comanche quarterback Kale Reed signed his letter of intent to play for Southern Nazarene.

While SNU athletics received the letter on Wednesday, national signing day for football recruits, Comanche held a signing event for Reed and his family on Friday.

It meant a lot for Reed to see his school support him by hosting the event.

“It’s unbelievable,” Reed said. “(Athletic director Aaron Weast) said there’s no better place to sign than your hometown, and I said, ‘Sounds good to me.’”

Weast was pleased to get the opportunity to host the event for the former player. Even though Reed had been gone for a year, the athletic director said his impact still resignates around the program.

“This is one of our finest kids we have had graduate here,” Weast said. “He comes from a great family, and it shows our programs are doing something right.”

Reed thanked his family and said that his parents have helped him the most when it came to making this decision. After Reed struggled to find joy in playing baseball at Murray State, he was looking to transfer to another school. Instead, the SNU football program started getting involved and recruited him to come play for it.

“They said that they’ve been looking for a receiver, but not just a receiver, somebody that has good leadership and character,” Reed said.

Reed’s father M.C. and mother Kathy were at the signing along with his brother Nick and sister Kenzie Holly, who signed to play softball at Murray State when she graduated Comanche in 2009.

M.C. said seeing his son sign to play football for SNU was an exciting moment.

“When he graduated high school, we weren’t sure what his plans were, what God had in store for him,” he said. “When this came along we knew it was God’s will... We’re ready for his second chapter in his life and see what it brings.”

Steve Justus, who recently stepped down as head coach at Comanche, was also in attendance. While Justus used Reed as a quarterback for his senior year, he knows there are more possibilities for him as a wide receiver.

“When he gets up there, I know that he’s a kid who can do lots of things for them,” Justus said. “I’ve seen kids in programs that don’t have receiver or quarterback, they just put athlete by their name, that’ll be him.”

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