Who was the fastest guy at FNL?

There was no denying the speed that was on the field Friday Night. From Gainesville High School's Tony James to Lakeland Christian's T.J. Simmons to the Peach State's Taj Griffin, everywhere you looked there was elite speed on the field at Friday Night Lights. But, you probably have never heard of the one that was the fastest.

I would have shaken my head in the affirmative if someone told me that any of the three mentioned above was the fastest Friday. All three have track awards to their name, but not this guy. North Marion's Jack Reed, who has never run organized track before beat all of them in a race held at the end of the camp session Friday.

The slot receiver and safety was proud to announce it after the events of the night and when interviewed he spouted it off with a smile, "I won the fastest man competition".

At 5-9 and 160 pounds Reed has to have something to differentiate him and that s his speed. They clocked him at Georgia's camp at 4.47. He likes to believe he can get separation on anyone and then he separates himself from others by out-working them.

"I separate myself by pushing myself on every play and when I work out," he said.

Reed has had a rough go of it lately. His father died a year ago and wants to follow in his father's footsteps as a business owner some day. He knows he is going to have to get it done in the classroom if that is going to happen and academics is a big point of interest in this recruiting process.

"I want to get into business," he said. "My father used to own a cab business in Gainesville but he passed away last year. I am looking at academics. I like reading and language arts."

Friday night he turned his attention to the football field. He believes the coaching staff got a little glimpse of what he can do besides run fast.

"I thought it was a good environment," he said of the event. "I got out here and didn't get a lot of reps, but when I did get some I did good."

No offers yet but Jack Reed is getting interest from South Carolina, Duke, Iowa State, and South Florida. That should change soon when schools start finding out just how seriously fast he can move.

Reed's teammate on defense was there as well and performed great. 2015 linebacker Deamontae Jackson spent some time in Florida assistant Brian White's office after the camp. White recruits the area for the Gators.

"It went very good," he said of the eevent. "I talked to a few coaches like Coach White. I am pretty close to him. He was telling me I did a great job.

"He left without an elusive offer, but the 6-0, 250 pound monster linebacker with wings will be watched very closely early this season and it could come. Either way, he was down about not getting an offer, but still loved the time he spent in The swamp Friday.

"This was my first Friday Night lights," he said. "I thought it was great. I loved competing."

He does have three offers right now and talked briefly about Florida State, Miami, and South Florida. FSU: "I think they have a good program. Jimbo fisher, I like him a lot."

Miami: "I like the city and the school."

South Florida: "I just like everything about South Florida."

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