Kansas State Wildcat freshman-to-be Kenyon Reed is a 5'11", 165lb cornerback from Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, California.
Reed picked Kansas State over offers from, among others, UCLA, Iowa State, New Mexico and Rice in what was a competitive and contentious recruiting battle. He signed with KSU late, in early February, after most suspected he would select the more local Bruins' program.
According to K-State's official roster bio: "Earned all-league honors as a senior, helping Long Beach Poly earn an 8-3 record and a trip to the state playoffs... Played primarily on offense, catching 17 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns... Also returned eight kickoffs for a 27.8-yard average and four punts for a 17.0-yard average... Part of the 4x100m relay team that finished fourth in the state in 2018."
In Manhattan, Reed will be asked to transition to a primarily defensive role, though will surely also compete for time in the return game as well.
Rivals called Reed one of the most underrated signings of the 2019 class, saying: "Despite playing at California power Long Beach Poly, Reed flew under the radar all the way through the Early Signing Period. That’s when Kansas State and UCLA entered the picture, with both programs offering and hosting him for official visits in January. On Wednesday, he ended up spurning the local school to head to Manhattan. Reed is a tall, lean defensive back who will need to add weight, but K-State fans are hoping he got lost in the shuffle among a number of talented players on the Poly roster and that he will end up being a nice find."
The cornerback will look to put on some weight to improve overall physicality as he moves through his freshman season. Coach Klieman has indicated all freshman will have a chance to play - so how he performs this summer will be huge for Reed.