Reed option: Ex-UF signee back on market
Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.
The status of former Florida signee Jarran Reed has taken another turn.
On Saturday, the JUCO defensive tackle revealed he was not able to do two years of schooling in one (60 credit hours in four semesters including summer sessions) and had to return to East Mississippi C.C. in the fall to complete his AA degree.
Although this development nulled the letter of intent he signed with UF and reclassified him as a 2014 prospect, Reed told The Sun he was “still a Gator” and didn't plan on going through the recruiting process again.
However, his stance on that has since changed.
“When I said that (on Saturday), I meant to say I still know where I want to go,” Reed explained. “Florida is my favorite school. But at the same time, I don't want to close any doors just in case something crazy happens. I'd like to go on (official) visits. Who doesn't want to take free trips?”
The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder decommitted twice (from North Carolina and Ole Miss) during his 2013 recruitment before choosing UF over Alabama on National Signing Day. After all the flip-flopping he did last year, Reed wants take a different approach this time around.
“For me personally,” he said, “I don't want to be labeled a commit right now. That's just how I feel about it. If I'm committed and I do decide to check out other schools, the headline will be, ‘Florida commit goes here.' Then everybody is going to question me about it. I don't want to deal with that again. I'm just going to play it cool.”
Other than an official visit to UF, Reed doesn't have any other trips in mind right now.
“I'm not sure, but I don't think I'll go to any of the schools I went to last year besides Florida,” said Reed, who is scheduled to graduate from EMCC in December with two years of eligibility left.