Cabot Panthers soccer player Trevor Reed signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Northeastern State University during a ceremony at the CHS media center last week.
Northeastern State is an NCAA Division II school located in Tahlequah, Okla.
"I really liked the coach and the style the team plays with. They play a very attractive game, keeping possession for long periods then quickly getting to scoring areas. I am happy to be part of this great soccer program," Reed said. "Also I have a lot of family history with the school."
The RiverHawks are coached by Rob Czlonka, who is entering his fourth season as coach. His team has been nationally ranked in the NCAA Division II poll.
"Trevor is a great guy who comes from a very supportive family," Czlonka said. "We discovered Trevor at one of our ID camps during his sophomore year in high school. I remember him showing a solid technical foundation and an incredible work rate. Since that first meeting he has attended several other prospect camps we’ve held and each time he has returned to NSU bigger, stronger, faster and technically sharper. He’s a very calm and composed player who caught my attention every session I have worked with him. His ability and composure will make him a great addition to our midfield and defensive core."
Reed said playing college soccer is a dream come true. He also played basketball in junior high and the 10th grade at Cabot.
"I felt that if I put more time and effort into soccer that I could reach my goal of becoming a college soccer player," Reed said. "I’ve wanted to this since I started playing really competitive soccer."
In 2013, Reed became the kicker for the Cabot Panthers football team, helping them to the Class 7A state championship game.
"I always kept my options open so I would say that I did think about it," Reed said, referring to possibly being a football kicker. "Overall, I would rather play soccer than kick."
Reed was an all-state player as a junior and an all-conference selection as a sophomore and junior. He has competed in club soccer for the Little Rock Futball Club (now Central Arkansas United) and Arkansas Comets for six years and will participate in the US Youth Soccer Region 3 Championships with the Comets in June in Baton Rouge, La.
Cabot boys soccer coach Steve Porter said Reed has earned this opportunity.
"He has grown from an undersized freshman who was able to earn a starting spot due to his technical and tactical ability, to one of, if not the best, senior soccer players in the state," he said. "Much of Trevor’s success can be traced back to his parents. They have provided him with an exceptional foundation from which he has grown into the person he is today, not just as a soccer player but as a student, teammate and citizen.
"Trevor has always done all the things necessary to be successful — he is hard working, disciplined, polite, respectful, and an eager learner. I have no doubts that Trevor will be a success and NSU, and more importantly later in whichever career he chooses to pursue."
Reed said he credits his father Patrick Reed as his biggest influence when it comes to soccer.
"He has spent countless hours practicing with me and has taught me more than any other coach," Reed said.