Defensive backs coach Mike Reed steps into new job at Clemson

Former N.C. State, Philadelphia Eagles assistant on the job, recruiting work ahead

Mike Reed

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Mike Reed

Clemson has yet to officially announce the hiring of Mike Reed as the Tigers' new defensive backs coach. But the former N.C. State assistant was in Clemson on Thursday, wearing orange, and turning in his first day on the job.

Reed is expected to join the rest of Clemson's coaches on the recruiting trail next week, as the Tigers try to secure defensive back targets Mackensie Alexander of Immokalee, Fla., Adrian Baker of Hollywood, Fla., and Korrin Wiggins of Durham, N.C.

Reed will also likely try to solidify Clemson's position with 2014 commitment Dylan Sumner-Gardner of Mesquite, Texas, who has been pursued by Charlie Harbison since he left Clemson to become secondary coach at Auburn.

Reed, who stayed on and helped coach the Wolfpack in the Music City Bowl, is considered an outstanding recruiter, with strong ties in central North Carolina.

He is a former standout player at Boston College, and served at one time as an assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles, where he helped coach All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins.

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