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Olive Branch defensive back Jaylon Reed shares his thoughts on Mississippi State's junior day.

Mississippi State's first junior day event for 2017 brought many of the top prospects from the Magnolia State to Starkville. One of the most intriguing prospects on campus was Olive Branch defensive back Jaylon Reed. Reed is quietly putting together a lengthy offer sheet that may soon include an option from the Bulldogs of Mississippi State.

"I feel like junior day was a huge success," Jaylon Reed said. "It was a great experience for both me and my mom. I feel like she fell in love with the place and the coaches all fell in love with her. We had a really good time seeing the campus and all of the facilities. Everything was great from the dorms to the weight room."

Over the course of the day, prospects were able to get to know the lay of the Bulldog land and have a chance to get to know the people of Mississippi State. Before making the return trip to Olive Branch, Reed was able to get some face time with the Bulldog coaches who will be a big part of his recruitment.

"Coach (Billy) Gonzales is my recruiter. He is really loud. He has a big voice and that sort of surprised me," Reed said. "I like him. He really seems like a good coach.

"I got to talk with Coach (Terrell) Buckely too. I think it helps that he has gone through the recruiting process as a player and a coach. He talked a lot about working hard in football and then being prepared for life."

Reed also learned that the Bulldogs think a lot of his ability to play the football and that the Mississippi State coaching staff has more than a passing interest in the talented junior. 

"The coaches were telling me that they think me and Esaias Furdge from Clarksdale are two of the best corners in the state," Reed said. "They told me that they think we both have a chance to be great college players. Furdge is already committed to them, so that made me feel pretty good about things."

Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi and Vanderbilt among others have already extended scholarship offers. It sound like Mississippi State may be set to follow suit sooner rather than later.

"Mississippi State hasn't offered me yet, but they told my mom that they are planning on offering me pretty soon," Reed said. "I hope they offer. I like the coaches and I like the school. They are in the SEC. I already have offers from a couple of SEC schools. I feel like I am off to a great start to the process. I never expected all of this so soon."

Reed was especially active from his corner position last fall. As a junior, Reed recorded 66 tackles and defended six passes. The 6-1, 175 pounder is considered one of the top defensive backs in the state of Mississippi for the 2018 recruiting cycle.

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