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 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.”