BLOG — Ole Miss picked up an important verbal pledge from a needed position — defensive tackle — this morning when East Mississippi Community College’s Jarran Reed chose the Rebels over offers from several programs, including North Carolina, Florida and Mississippi State.The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Reed, a freshman, is originally from Goldsboro, N.C. He played his first season out of high school at Hargrave Military Academy before coming to play for the Lions. Reed said last week that he wasn’t committed to play for the Tar Heels any longer and when he got home for the Christmas break, he was planning to set up his official visit list. That list became a moot point as he chose the Rebels. Reed was ready to commit to Ole Miss after the Rebels defeated Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl, according to his coach at EMCC, Buddy Stephens, who said Reed has matured as a player and student in a short amount of time.
Reed, who finished with 34 tackles and four quarterback hurries in 2012, has the ability to play three seasons and is still eligible for a redshirt according to Stephens, who felt like Reed could play noseguard or be a three-technique tackle for the Rebels.
“He’s going to be a three-for-three guy. Really he’s going to be a three-for-four guy since he can be redshirted. I see him playing shade or three,” Stephens said. “He’s a very active player and I see him being able to play both of those inside spots. He’s a good character kid. He’s learning the do’s and dont’s of life. He’s learning how to act and be a college athlete and those are the things that we’re excited to help him grow in right now.”
For more on Reed’s pledge, which raises the total for Ole Miss to 22, see Tuesday’s sports section. (December 10, 2012)