Reed Feeling Pull of Home

One of North Carolina's most surprising visitors on Saturday was former pledge Jarran Reed.

"I wanted to show that I still have love for the Tar Heel family," Reed said. "Even though I de-committed, it doesn't mean that they're out of the picture. I just wanted to show my face and show respect."

Reed, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle at Scooba (Miss.) East Mississippi CC, verbally committed to UNC in mid-June but de-committed earlier this month.

"I'm still free, I'm still weighing my options out, [and] I'm still seeing what's out there," Reed said. "I'm still trying to find the place where I want to be."

Reed is focused on Florida, Mississippi, Mississippi State, and UNC. His plan is to take official visits before deciding and says UNC will be on his official visit schedule.

East Mississippi's roster is littered with players committed to and being recruiting by Florida, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.

"I'm close to everybody – all of them are my friends," Reed said. "But I have to do what is best for me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy playing with them and would like to play with them again, but I have to think about me."

What also won't factor into Reed's decision is the extra academic work UNC is requiring of him. Unlike other schools, UNC will require Reed to take three additional courses past his May graduation.

"North Carolina is a high academic school," Reed said. "So I understand. It doesn't hurt their chances, but when I think about it, I'm like ‘Ah man.' It's not anything I can't deal with, though."

What could factor in Reed's decision is the chance UNC offers the Goldsboro, N.C. native to return home for the remainder of his college years.

"I was talking to my grandmom about it the other day when we were in church and I said ‘Hey Grandmom where you want to see me play at?'" Reed said. "She said, ‘Florida is pretty far and you have already been far and I want to see you.' She didn't really want to say it, but I could tell that she definitely wants me to come back home. My mom does too.

"I really want my family to see me play. My mom was at every single one of my games in high school."

The only East Mississippi game Reed's family has attended was its homecoming game. Reed's mother also accompanied him on his visit to UNC on Saturday.

During Saturday's visit, the UNC coaching staff played the location angle hard throughout conversations following its 45-38 victory on Saturday.

"They were basically telling me there's no place like home," Reed said. "They brought up how I'll be close to my family. And they said they really want me and I'll be able to make an immediate impact on the team because they're going to be young and they want a more experienced person to come in."

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