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Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Uncommitteds: Will Jarran Reed flip?

By Greg Ostendorf

Editor's note: Leading up to signing day, TideNation will examine the remaining uncommitted (and committed) prospects still considering the University of Alabama. Today, we look at junior college defensive tackle Jarran Reed, an Ole Miss commitment. 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior college defensive tackle Jarran Reed (Goldsboro, N.C./East Mississippi CC) is currently committed to Ole Miss, but as it is with many of the top recruits in the country, his status is still in flux.

Jarran Reed
Defensive tackle Jarran Reed, who is committed to Ole Miss but considering Alabama and Florida, is ranked No. 89 in the ESPN JC 100.
Reed first committed to North Carolina over the summer before he flipped his pledge to the Rebels. However, he’s still looking around at other schools and has taken official visits to both Florida and North Carolina earlier this month.

Throughout the process, Reed has said he wasn’t closing any doors with his recruitment, and a new door might have opened up recently that could change everything.

Recently, Alabama has started to show interest in the 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman. The Crimson Tide offered a scholarship, and this past weekend, Reed took his official visit to Tuscaloosa.

It’s not the first time that Nick Saban and his staff have looked to the junior college ranks, specifically East Mississippi CC, for a defensive lineman.

Just two years ago, the Tide signed junior college defensive tackle Quinton Dial from EMCC. He went on to become part of the starting rotation in 2012 and played a significant role in Alabama’s second national championship in as many years.

What his commitment would mean ... 

In addition to Dial, Alabama will also Jesse Williams and Damion Square up front, leaving the defensive line hurting for experience. The Tide still have a plethora of younger players ready to emerge, but they might not be physically ready to play in the SEC yet.

Enter Reed, if he chooses Alabama.

He’s had the advantage of working out in a college weigh room for the last two years, and he’s already surpassed 300 pounds. If he’s not quite Alabama-ready, he has the luxury of being able to redshirt his first year while still having two additional years left to play.

Don’t expect Reed to start from day one, but he has the makings of a player who could work his way into the starting rotation on the defensive line, similar to what Dial did during his time with the Tide.

Last we heard ...

It looks to be down to a trio of SEC schools for Reed. He’s committed to Ole Miss, where he’ll take his final official visit to this weekend, but he’s still very interested in both Alabama and Florida. He’s taken official visits to both schools.

Sources say the Florida coaching staff felt confident about being able to sign him until the Tide started to show serious interest.

There have been conflicting reports as to whether the Alabama offer is good. Some say the staff is still waiting on other potential defensive line targets before they can take him, while others believe that Reed’s scholarship is good regardless of what happens with the rest of the class.

If the offer is good, a person close to Reed said he’s likely to choose the Tide come signing day.