Analysis: Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Jalen Reeves-Maybin committed to Tennessee over a quartet of other schools and you can find out what the Volunteers are getting here.

As a junior, Jalen Reeves-Maybin ran for over 1,400 yards and passed for over 1,200 yards, and he scored a total of 46 touchdowns.

On defense, he tallied 103 tackles, he forced 10 fumbles, and he had a sack in 2011.

He can do so many things well on the football field and he is a very versatile athlete, but Scout projects him to play outside linebacker on the next level.

Reeves-Maybin is 6-feet, 1-inch tall, he weighs around 210 pounds, and he has very good speed and agility.

He mainly plays in the middle of the field when on defense on the high school level, so he will have to learn how to play on the outside when he gets to college.

One thing he showed when competing at The Opening was he can turn and run with those running backs and tight ends, and even some of the wide receivers. Dropping into coverage will be one area he has to really work on making that transition to this position. He will need to learn his responsibilities, know his keys, and just work on his footwork in coverage. The athleticism is there.

Against the run, he will be ready to compete. He takes good angles, he is a strong tackler, and he knows how to wrap up. You do not see a lot of guys wrap up when they tackle anymore, but he is one that does that.

He still needs to add some weight and continue to build muscle onto his frame, but he will have the build to compete for early playing time.

His biggest strength has to be his overall athleticism. He can run, he can change direction, he has good hands, and he has great agility. He seems to play at the speed he needs to play at to be successful in that play.

Overall, Reeves-Maybin is a very good get for the Vols. He is one of the best in their home state and they have kept him at home. He is a smart player with a lot of ability on the football field. He not only is a great athlete, but he will take a lot of the intangibles to Knoxville too.

Scout currently ranks Reeves-Maybin the no. 26 outside linebacker in the country.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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