Jaylon Reed (Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page)

Olive Branch corner Jaylon Reed spent time on the Mississippi State campus this weekend.

2018 defensive back Jaylon Reed, the top defensive back in the state of Mississippi, took in an eventful day at Mississippi State this past Saturday going through drills for the Mississippi State coaches, and shining in one-on-ones. Fresh off his de-commitment from Tennessee, Mississippi State coaches let the smooth defensive back from Olive Branch, Mississippi know he is a priority.

“I feel like I performed very well today. I did pretty good in all of the drills, and one-on-ones other than giving up one catch” Reed said. “The coaches were telling me they like the way I play. I just have to continue to work on my technique and play my style of football. They also told me that when I am on the field not think too much and just play ball,” Reed said.

 “With Mississippi State being an in-state school, they are still coming at me pretty hard and making me feel like a priority. I’m still the number one DB on the board, but I plan on waiting until I am completely comfortable before I make my decision to commit anywhere.”

After making a quick decision to commit to Tennessee earlier in the process, Reed plans to take his time this go around and really evaluate things. Comfortability will play a key role in wherever he decides to give his commitment to.

“The plan this time is just to wait it out. It might not be signing day, because if my spot is there and I am ready to commit," said Reed. "I have got to secure it, but I definitely want to wait until something feels comfortable so I can make sure I am making the right decision for myself.”

Now that Reed is back on the market, schools from all over the country are back on the prowl for the ultra-talented defensive back. One school from the west coast has even made Jaylon feel like he is a real priority, along with the two in-state schools.

“Right now, a few top schools that I am really looking at are Oregon, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Virginia, and TCU (no particular order)," shared Reed. "TCU just recently started coming at me pretty hard once I de-committed, but as far as who’s coming after me the hardest right now, it would have to be Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Oregon.

"All the coaches from those three schools faithfully stay in constant contact with me letting me know I am needed, not just wanted. I love that the coaches stress to me that they need a player of my caliber on their team. I definitely feel the love there.”

As far as future visit plans, Reed plans on taking a few more to really get a feel for certain schools and figure out what the environment at each university is all about. Memphis, TCU, and Oregon all are on the upcoming visit schedule for Reed as of now. After that, Reed plans to focus on his senior season and bring his Olive Branch Conquistadors back to relevance and the powerhouse program it used to be.


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