Defensive lineman's UF career put on hold

Published: Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8:34 p.m.

One of Florida's 2013 signees will have to wait until next year to suit up for the Gators.

Scooba (Miss.) JUCO defensive tackle Jarran Reed hasn't completed his AA degree and won't be reporting to UF in late June.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder has only attended East Mississippi C.C. for one year and was hoping he could finish early enough to transfer this fall. But things didn't work out in Reed's favor.

“I tried to get it all done,” he said, “but there were way too many credits to take in such a short time. I also can't do any online classes because of SEC rules, so that set me back. I have 25 hours left and I'm doing both summer semesters and the fall to finish up.”

Reed will play another season at EMCC and enroll at UF in the spring as a junior with two years of eligibility remaining. His letter of intent from February is no longer binding, and he will have to sign another one in December.

Although this means he's now considered a 2014 prospect and his recruitment is reopened, Reed doesn't plan on taking part in the process again.

“I'm still a Gator,” he said. “I know where I want to go, I just have to get done with my credit hours. I love Gator country and coach Will Muschamp. I still feel the same way about the school. Nothing has changed.”

At this time, the other 19 signees from Florida's 2013 recruiting class are expected to qualify academically and report to campus next month.

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