New Hope offensive lineman will return to Oxford this week

Tae-kion Reed out of New Hope, Miss., arrived at Ole Miss without a scholarship in hand from the Rebels The 6-foot-5, 288 pound offensive lineman did enough to go home with an extended offer.

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"When they offered me coach (Matt) Luke said he liked my aggressiveness, athleticism and hustle, "Reed said.

Tae-kion measured in at 6-foot-5, 288 and ran an impressive 4.92 forty. It didn't take long after that for an offer to be extended.

"Coach Luke just grabbed me to the side and told me that I had an offer. They have been recruiting me since the start of my junior season. They watched some film, and I've been on their radar ever since. Coach Barney (Farrar) and I just clicked from the start. We are big buddies. Coach Luke and I are really tight too. They told me that if I came to their camp and had a good workout I had a good chance of getting an offer. I'm glad I did enough to show them that I belong."

Reed has to shore up some classroom studies first.

"Everything is really contingent of me pulling up my grades and ACT score. I've got to start hitting the books hard. I know what is at stake. I just have to get on it."

The Rebels look to be in good position to land the massive two-way lineman.

"It's just the feeling I get when I'm on their campus. Their fans make me feel at home. I came up to see them play Texas A&M this season. All of their fans just made me feel so welcomed. They had no clue who I was. All I had was a name tag on and everyone just treated me like family. That's what I like about Ole Miss."

Reed got a better feeling for the Ole Miss coaching staff after working out with them for the day.

"I learned a lot. Ole Miss is a great school with great coaches. They coach their players up. I learned so much from them just working out for the day. I'm going to try and come back later this or next week. Coach Luke wanted me to bring my mother with me. She's going to call all of the shots with my recruitment. She's eager to get over there and see what all I have seen."

If things go well with the return visit a commitment could come shortly thereafter.

"I thought about committing to Ole Miss when they offered me, but coach Luke told me to go home and talk it over with my mother and bring her back up there this week. My mother will contribute with my decision. If she likes it as much as I do I'll probably go ahead and commit."

There are two more surrounding colleges who are also in pursuit.

"Memphis and Southern Miss have offered me as well. I have a friend who goes to Southern Miss, Trey Collins. I know a lot about Southern. I went up there for their Jr Day last month. I like the way coach (Jay) Hopson treats his players. They are buddies on and off the field, but once you get between the lines, it's all business. They are still your coach. He just told me that he realized the last staff there had offered me, but an offer was still on the table from them. They like how athletic I am and how well I can move for a big guy."

"I also have a friend who goes to Memphis. I went up there for their Jr Day as well. It was a very good trip. Brady Davis just took me around and showed me everything. I blocked for Brady my freshman and the start of my sophomore season before he transferred to Starkville. The last time I went up to their camp they offered me. Like USM, they changed staffs as well. Their new staff just wanted me to know that I still have an offer. It's a great school. They are on the rise."

Who else is interested?

"I was talking to coach Bo Davis at Alabama before he left. I haven't heard from them as much since he left. They send some letters. Things like that, but I haven't been talking to them on the phone lately. Kentucky, Duke and Harvard have been in contact as well."

This week could be a busy one for Reed.

"I'm going to MSU for their Big Dawg camp. It's open after that. I'm coming back to Oxford for the Southern Elite Camp. That's later on in June. I might go back to Ole Miss later this week with my mom. If not this week, it will be next."


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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