Then news came through of the 6-foot-4, 305-pounder and the Rebels parting ways after he cancelled his trip there.
"Things just fell off," he said of his status with the Rebels.
As for the impending decision for the undeclared prospect, which will come on National Signing Day Wednesday, it's now a two-horse race.
Reed visited Alabama officially last weekend and was set to see Ole Miss this weekend for the last official, before cancelling the trip. Instead, he spent Friday in Tuscaloosa.
"Me and (Nick Saban) had a few words," he admitted Sunday. "But he didn't put any pressure on me to commit or anything."
The previous trip to Alabama enabled Reed to get all he needed from the Crimson Tide staff.
"Meeting coach Saban and seeing how they were," he said as to what stood out. "Them telling me their needs, too.
"They see me as a five (technique) and a three (technique)."
As for the Gators, they received an official from Reed on the weekend of January 11.
"That was my first visit," he recalled. "What stood out was my comfort there."
Reed insists that his final decision has not been made.
"I feel comfortable at both. I'm still finalizing my decision," he said. "I'm going to sign at East Mississippi and then I'm going to go home and do another one.
"I'm going to sign Wednesday."
Reed is a three-star defensive line prospect on FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com