Independence High School graduate D.J. Reed will be heading to the 2018 NFL Combine in hopes of increasing his stock for the next level.
Reed is one of 336 former college football players who will head to Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis for the combine. The combine is scheduled for Feb. 27 through March 5. Reed, a defensive back, is scheduled to participate March 2-5.
Players will be given medical examinations, tested and interviewed on various football schemes, do on-field drills and go through weight training drills.
The combine will be televised on NFL Network.
Reed's story is one of perseverance.
He was a walk-on at Fresno State, only to transfer to Cerritos College after a redshirt season with the Bulldogs. After one year with Cerritos, Reed received a football scholarship to Kansas State, where he was an All-Big 12 cornerback and kickoff returner.
The 5-foot-8, 188-pound Reed, who left Kansas State after his junior year of eligibility, told The Californian last month that he proved himself on the college level and was ready to take the next step.
“College football is just like the NFL. The demand on your body ... In college, you’re playing for free,” Reed said. “I want to get paid for doing what I love, while I can, when I’m healthy.
“I feel like I proved everything and showed I could play in a good conference at a high level ... As far as film, I felt like I showed everything on tape. It was just time.”