Reed raves about Florida

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JUCO defensive tackle Jarran Reed (Scooba East Mississippi CC) officially visited Florida over the weekend and came away impressed with what the Gators had to offer.

UF coach Will Muschamp and his staff made the Ole Miss commit feel at home in Gainesville.

“I had a great time with coach Muschamp and everybody at Florida,” Reed said. “I already felt a connection with the coaches and it just got stronger on my visit. They showed me they really care about me. They’re outgoing and I have the utmost respect for all of them.”

Reed said he’s drawn to the NFL experience of his potential position coaches and primary recruiters, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and defensive line coach Bryant Young.

“I think playing for them would benefit me a lot in the long run,” Reed said. “They told me I fit right in to their scheme and I’ll have an opportunity to play right away.”

Reed said UF defensive tackles Damien Jacobs and Darious Cummings deserve a lot of credit if he flips to Florida. (Photo courtesy of Reed).

Reed was hosted by UF junior defensive tackle Damien Jacobs and early enrollee Darious Cummings, who both came from the same junior college as him. Reed was teammates with Cummings in 2012 and has known Jacobs for years.

“Me and Damien went on an official visit together at Mississippi State when we were in high school, and he was one of the reasons why I went to East Mississippi,” Reed said. “Then me and Darious got real close this past season. So I go back with both of them and we just have a connection.”

“It’s just a coincidence that we all ended up at East Mississippi and now we can all be at Florida. Their message to me was, ‘You know us, you trust us and we wouldn’t tell you to come to Florida if it wasn’t right for you.’ So I feel like I’ll be real comfortable if I go there. I really think it would be a good move.”

Reed claimed he’s still committed to the Rebels but refused to put a percentage on his pledge.

Are the Gators the biggest threat to Ole Miss?

“Man, you’re trying to get it out of me,” Reed said reluctantly. “Yeah, they are.”

Even if UF has gained the edge in Reed’s recruitment, it’s far from over.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder plans officially visit North Carolina on Jan. 18, Kentucky on Jan. 25, Ole Miss on Feb. 1 and then announce his final decision on Feb. 6.

“Everybody will know what I’m doing on National Signing Day,” Reed said. “The key for me is my relationship with the coaches at whatever school I pick and making sure my family is comfortable with my choice.”

18 COMMENTS

  1. I may be off track with the facts on this but does Jarrad have the luxury of waiting until NSD to get in the Florida Class?? Or is he one of the three to four talents that we are waiting on? Is this a possible backup plan in the event one of the select 3 or 4 that we are waiting on does not materialize? somebody help me out here!!GO GATORS!!!!

  2. Zach, what do you think of Dee Liner in a Gators uniform? Any chance at all UF goes after the former Auburn Tiger or is he a lock for Bama? He could take the last DT spot and take over for Easley in 2014. Close in size and abilities and can play anywhere on the D-line. Definitely a long shot I know. Also, any updates or whispers on any targets? Alex Collins? Mack Alexander?

  3. They will not hold a spot for this kid until NSD. Either he is already, “silently” committed, or they already know he will go elsewhere. Do not underestimate these JUCO kids, its a recipe that has worked well for ‘Bama, Auburn, USC, and others. Most of them already have the childish stuff out of their system, and know they have something to prove. Some don’t work out, but if they do, it is a small price to pay for 2 years of good, sometimes great play…

  4. Why did he go the JUCO route in the first place? Was he a partial or non-qualifier academically? Did he have off field issues? Was he a marginal talent? I think any article about a JUCO prospect should include such info. I can see if he needed to mature in the classroom and get focused on his school work. JUCO gives these kids the opportunity to get it together. However, if he had off field issues or was a marginal talent coming out of H.S., I’m not sure why we’d waste this kind of energy chasing the guy.

  5. Great job Zach. Man ypu always do a great job of keeping the fans informed. I see that Robert Nkemdiche is visiting this weekend, 1-18. Do you think it’s because of the friendships that he developed with the UF commits at the UA game? I have not seen him mention UF much at all during his recruitment. Thanks Zach. Get ’em Gators.

  6. Zach-looks like we may have a solid chance of landing Nkemdiche with this weekend’s visit-hopefully the coaching staff & the host players can take a page from Coach Donovan’s playbook and put the full court press on. On another note-why doesn’t the staff give Tyler Murphy a chance to win the job? Seems like he has been a good team soldier & waited his time and should be given a chance to start or at least play some. He’s been the practice player for the scout team, never complains, & seems to love playing for UF. Seems only fitting that he should at least be given a shot. I mean he can’t be that bad, can he?! He can be a change of pace guy when they need an offensive spark, especially since noone in the SEC has seen him play. Just a thought…Go Gators!! C’mon down Robert! You could man the other side opposite Ronald Powell. Can u see it? Powell, yourself, Dante Fowler, & Jonathan Bullard??! Now THAT is a winning combination!!!

  7. Tyler Murphy: I hear of his speed and beautiful spiral passes and I’ve been waiting to see him play. I love my Gators, but if I’m him I would transfer. I can only wonder why he didn’t do so last year. The QB position is Jeff’s ‘barring injury.” The backup position has been just as elusive…and do you really want to settle for backup – at best – on a team that rarely plays their backup? I can understand loving UF and relationships with people, but this is business. Get somewhere and get on the field in some capacity. Your opportunity to do so is winding down fast Tyler.