Reed Wants In-Depth UNC Visit

Among Jarran Reed's full slate of January official visits will be a trip to North Carolina.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle at East Mississippi Community College verbally committed to UNC in mid-June. As his recruiting stock rose, he de-committed five months later to better weigh his options.

He'll return to Chapel Hill for that official trip on the weekend of Jan. 18.

"I still want to check out the school and get deep into it," Reed said.

A month after de-committing, Reed pledged to Mississippi, a school that heavily recruits East Mississippi CC. Even when he made the commitment, Reed still planned on taking official visits elsewhere.

"At the time, that was the school I was closest with and I thought it would stay that way," Reed said. "And I liked it because of the campus. But a lot of things can happen and you never know."

Regardless, Tar Heel assistant coach Deke Adams hasn't relented.

"He just came harder [after I committed to Ole Miss]," Reed said. "He just tells me how they really need me and how they really need a junior college guy to come in with the maturity level to step in and be a leader."

Reed classifies his Ole Miss commitment as "soft."

"I'm still committed, though," Reed said.

This weekend, Reed will officially visit Florida. The weekend following his UNC official, he'll travel to Kentucky for an official trip. He'll then officially visit Ole Miss the weekend prior to Signing Day.

Reed has made several visits to UNC, mostly while playing at Goldsboro High. His most recent visit came weeks following his de-commitment when he attended the Tar Heels' season finale against Maryland. During his official visit, he's hoping for a more in-depth look at the school.

"I'm looking to see the academic side and to get to spend more time with the coaches," Reed said.

A few influencing dynamics exist with Reed's collegiate decision – his family lives in Goldsboro, N.C. and only attended one East Mississippi game this past season; there's a strong pull from his EMCC teammates to continue his career in the SEC (six of his teammates have committed to or signed with an SEC school, including one to Ole Miss); and UNC, unlike his other four finalists, will require him to remain at EMCC a semester beyond his May graduation.

"It would be good to have my family around and my mom wants to be at the majority of the games," Reed said. "I want to continue playing with [my EMCC teammates], but I always said I have to make a decision that is best for me."

After failing to qualify out of Goldsboro High School, Reed spent the '11 fall semester prepping at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy. He then went on to enroll at East Mississippi CC in the spring '12 semester. He has three years of playing eligibility remaining, plus a red-shirt season.

Reed was named to the MACJC All-State team after collecting 34 tackles, including four for losses and a sack.

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