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UNC Football Recruiting: Ole Miss lands Jarran Reed


Former UNC Tar Heels defensive tackle commit Jarran Reed has made the second decision in his recruitment and is now committed to the Mississippi Rebels. The vastly improving North Carolina native (now playing in Mississippi after transferring from a school in Virginia) is a huge pledge for Hugh Freeze and the Rebels, because he was also being heavily recruited by the Florida Gators and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Reed had a handful of offers in his recruitment from UF, UNC, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Mississippi State. The rapidly rising star committed to UNC a week after receiving an offer from the ACC program in June, but he was a recent decommit from Larry Fedora’s 2013 class just last month. He took an unofficial visit to check out the Tar Heels, but they weren’t even named in his top two (the SEC programs in Florida and Ole Miss were) last week.

The Gators and Rebels were recent offers for the now four-star prospect, as Florida offered just a day before Reed’s decommitment from the Heels in November. Ole Miss offered in October and subsequently received an unofficial visit in November the weekend before the decommitment.

One of the top 20 JUCO prospects in the nation, Jarran Reed is rated as one of the top five defensive tackles in the junior college ranks. The elite Mississippi prospect is a big in-state catch for Freeze, and Reed has gradually improved throughout his early career.

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