"I have a few visits set up," Reed said. "Nothing has changed with my commitment (to Ole Miss) but I'm going to take a look around. I go to Florida this weekend (1/11), North Carolina (1/18), Kentucky (1/25), and the last weekend I'm going to Ole Miss (2/2). The Ole Miss coaches wanted me to visit them last so I'm going to give them that date."
Why the late interest in others after committing to Ole Miss?
"I just talked it over with my mother, and she thought it would be best if I took a look around. She doesn't really know their staff really well but they have been building a better bond since I got back home."
Reed did get a chance to see Ole Miss play in its bowl game Saturday.
"I thought they played great and their coaches made some great calls. They put their players in position to make plays. That's what attracted me to Ole Miss to start with. I have a good relationship with coach (Trey) Scott. He's the inside coach for coach (Chris) Kiffin. I know with the class they're putting together they're going to be really good the next couple of years. I'd have a chance to go in there and compete for a national championship."
Kentucky hired Reed's position coach at East MS CC this season and that has the Wildcats on his mind.
"It opens the door for Kentucky because that is my defensive line coach. Coach (Jimmy) Brumbaugh knows my weaknesses and things I need to work on to make me better. I feel really comfortable playing under him. That comfort level is something I have to look at when I go on my visit. I want to find out more about the school and their academics. I just want to find out how they operate."
Florida is a school that has stayed in the picture throughout his recruitment.
"I just want to find out more about their staff when I got down there and visit. I want to learn more about the area too. It's going to be an interesting visit."
North Carolina is the school he is probably the most familiar with out of all.
"I've already been over there so many times. I just want to spend some more time with their coaches and get to know their players better. I want to talk to their academic people. That's going to be more important than the football aspect. I want to get a good degree and be successful in life after football."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org