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Nikko Reed, Moreau Catholic (Calif.) High School

Colorado’s football program is continuing efforts to build depth in the secondary.

On Wednesday, Nikko Reed, a defensive back from Moreau Catholic in Hayward, Calif., announced his verbal commitment to the Buffaloes for the class of 2021.

Reed chose Wednesday as his commit date because it was the sixth anniversary of the death of his cousin.

“Six years ago today, my cousin was taken away from me, so it’s only right i do it for him,” Reed wrote on Twitter. “I will be continuing my education/football career and COMMITTING to The University of Colorado!!”

Although recruited as an athlete, Reed is likely to play cornerback in college. He is the fifth defensive back to commit to CU for the 2021 class, including Kaylin Moore, another “athlete” projected to play defense.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Reed, who has a three-star rating from, has nine total offers, according to, including from Air Force, Colorado State, Wyoming, Army, Fresno State and Nevada.

Last year at Moreau Catholic, Reed scored touchdowns five different ways for the Mariners, according to

On offense, he caught 32 passes for 661 yards and 10 touchdowns and scored from 26 yards out on his only rushing attempt.

Reed was dynamic on special teams. He averaged 49.8 yards on six kickoff returns, taking four of them back for touchdowns. He also averaged 27.5 yards on eight punt returns, with one being a 53-yard touchdown.

On defense, Reed had 31 tackles and five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Reed is the second player to commit to CU this week, joining punter Ashton Logan, who gave his pledge on Tuesday.

CU has 16 players verbally committed for the 2021 class, with nine on defense.


Buffs running back Alex Fontenot was named to the watch list for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football with ties to Texas. Fontenot, from Richmond, Tex., led CU in rushing in 2019, with 874 yards and five touchdowns. Of the 47 players on the watch list, 13 are not playing this fall.

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