On the Rise

Clarksville, Tenn., athlete Jalen Reeves-Maybin arrived at Ole Miss for its junior day Saturday with an open mind.

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He knew little about Ole Miss. Ole Miss was simply one of his six scholarship offers, along with Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Duke and Austin Peay.

"I just want to find out what the coaches are like, see what the town is like and just find out what Ole Miss is all about," he said prior to the visit. "I've only talked to them one time. I'm really coming into this not knowing much about (Ole Miss) at all."

After spending a day in Oxford, Reeves-Maybin has more to think about. The recruiting process is just getting started, and the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Reeves-Maybin has other colleges to see this summer and on into the fall.

"It's kind of picking up a little bit. I'm getting a little bit more interest from some other schools and stuff," he said of his recruitment. "I wouldn't say (I have) a leader. I don't really have a leader right now."

He's made the rounds in the early weeks of the recruiting season, having now attended junior days at Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Reeves-Maybin is understandably familiar with the latter two schools, being that both are within a reasonable driving distance from his hometown.

Jalen Reeves-Maybin
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Among the other schools currently showing interest are Army, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Navy.

"I went to Tennessee and Vanderbilt," he said. "I like Tennessee. I like all the coaches there. It's just great people. It's almost like home.

"Vanderbilt's like 40 minutes away from where I live. I just know the environment there and know what the fans are like."

He has no real timetable for a decision, though he will "probably have something in my head before football season." Still, he'll likely hold off until the end of the college football season to view the landscape.

"You don't know what coach is going to stay, what coach is going to leave. I'll probably wait a while before I release it out," he said.

"I'm just really looking for comfort -- just knowing I can be somewhere and live with myself and not be worried about going home and everything. Just being comfortable in the situation."

A two-way player, Reeves-Maybin racked up 90 tackles and three interceptions for Northeast High School last season. He ran for 1,488 yards and passed for 1,267 yards as a quarterback.

Reeves-Maybin said no one school has identified a specific position in the discussions of how he will ultimately be used at the next level. Not that it matters, anyway. He has "no preference at all."

"It's kind of funny with me ‘cause I'm an athlete," Reeves-Maybin, a member of the class of 2013, said. "No one has just told me one specific position, so I've just got to keep my game all around and just make sure I can go into any position once I come into college.

"Some people say defense, some people think I'm a running back. It's really just a toss-up."

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