"I just committed to Ole Miss," said an excited Jarran
Reed. "It feels great to get this out of the way. I knew when I took
my visit over there that is where I wanted to be. It just reassured my belief
that it was the best school for me."
Reed informed the Rebels' staff just minutes ago.
"I called Coach (Hugh) Freeze. He got me on the phone with Coaches (Chris) Kiffin, (Wesley) McGriff,
and Barney (Farrar). Everybody was just hyped up, and they told me that they were just
relieved that I got my decision over with."
The unofficial visit to Oxford during the end of the regular season opened
his eyes further.
"I did not know they had practice facilities like that. Their indoor practice
is the nicest I have seen so far, and they are just adding on to it this spring.
The Grove was amazing. I have never eaten so much food in my life. But what
I loved about Ole Miss the most are their fans and coaches. They are so down to earth.
They just make you feel at home."
The North Carolina native believes the Rebels are on the verge of being nationally reputable.
"They are so close to being a national contender. I think I am coming in
there at the perfect time. I have been watching them all year. They just need
a couple more defensive players to give them some depth down the stretch. I
think I am going to fit in perfectly in their scheme. They are losing two junior
college defensive tackles and two defensive ends. I can play the three technique
on rushing downs and go down inside on running downs. I feel like I am going
to provide them with a big time playmaker down there for the next three seasons.
I know they have a lot of great recruits coming in there next season, and we
are going to put them on the map. I am excited about having that opportunity."
Reed has seen his stock skyrocket this season. He was named to the MACJC All-State
team after collecting 34 tackles, 4 tackles for losses, and 1 sack.
"It was a disappointing season because we did not win the national championship,
but I learned so much from these coaches. They taught me the finer points about
being a defensive lineman. My techniques are night and day better since I got
Reed signed with North Carolina out of high school and went to Hargrave Academy
last fall after failing to qualify. He transferred to East Mississippi CC this past summer
and now has 4 years to play 3 on the next level.
"I think I have a lot of experience going into college. I played against
a lot of good competition at Hargrave and here (at EMCC). I am going to
get out of here in May. I will report to Ole Miss in June with the mindset
to win a starting position. I think having three years to play at Ole Miss is
going to give me enough time to become a complete player."
The 6-4, 305-pound lineman has become a hot commodity as of late with
scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, California, Texas Tech, Mississippi State,
and North Carolina, just to name a few. But today he got the offer he had been
"Coach Barney came by to see me the other day. I talked it over with my
mom and dad last night. We just went over the role I would have on the team
and everything that would be expected from me. I talked it over with my mother
and she told me to do what was in my heart. I liked Florida a lot. North Carolina
and Mississippi State are also great schools, but no one gave me that homey
feeling like Ole Miss. I just went with my heart and all I can say is Hotty
Reed is now working on his teammate and roommate to come join him.
"Za'Darrius Smith is still undecided, but we have been talking about playing
together for a while now. It's up to him, but I know he likes Ole Miss a lot, too. Hopefully it will work out."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at email@example.com