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November 12, 2012Jarran Reed had never been to an Ole Miss football game before Saturday.
With that experience now complete, he hopes to get back for another one, and the Rebels are a contender for his signature.
The East Mississippi Community College defensive tackle is committed to North Carolina but continues to look around. Reed is a May graduate and has four years to play three. He went to Hargrave for a year before enrolling at EMCC in January.
"My options are pretty open as far as where I'm going," Reed said. "It was a great feeling at Ole Miss. They do need some help along the line, and they want me to come there and be a playmaker.
"It was my first time at Ole Miss, and the atmosphere was great. The SEC atmosphere was great. Everything was really nice. I talked with Coach (Hugh) Freeze briefly while on the field with the players. He was glad I was there. I talked to all the defensive coaches. They were excited to see me."
Reed doesn't have a timetable for a final decision. He said Ole Miss firmed up an offer over the weekend, and Florida offered the 6-foot-4, 305-pounder on Sunday night. The next step is setting up official visits, but nothing is on the calendar yet.
"Ole Miss is up there pretty high, I'm definitely looking at them for an official," Reed said. "I know I want to visit Cal, and then Florida, Texas Tech, MSU and others are possibilities."
Reed, who is teammates with Ole Miss commits Darious Cummings and Nick Brassell, played in nine games for the Lions and had 34 tackles, one sack and four tackles for loss. He also recovered a fumble.
EMCC won the national title in 2011 and were in position to defend it before losing its last regular season game and first playoff game.
"This was a great year and really helped me out," Reed said. "It's about going to the next level. I relate it to going from elementary school to middle school and then middle school to high school. It's been a great program to get me a step ahead when I get to my next stop."
He committed to UNC in June.
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