Reeves-Maybin visits for Vol practice

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While several of its Southeastern Conference foes hosted prospects one weekend after another throughout February and March, Tennessee held off to a certain extent.

The start of spring practice brought about a complete shifting of gears in that respect as over 30 prospects have made their way to Knoxville to not only see things from an academic and facility standpoint, but also to get a look at how Tennessee's coaches teach football to the Volunteers.

An in-state talent that saw UT up close for the Vanderbilt game at Neyland Stadium last November before catching a men's basketball contest in February is Jalen Reeves-Maybin.

The Northeast (Tenn.) High School standout was in town for a third time last week and left with a better understanding of what it'd be like to sport the Power T.

"It was great just seeing all the coaches out on the field and seeing how I'd be coached if I went to school there, just seeing what the coaches are really like out there," Reeves-Maybin told InsideTennessee.

During his time at Haslam Field that particular morning, the Clarksville, Tenn., resident was on the offensive side of things near coach Derek Dooley and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. However, the prospect said it's still "up for grabs" as to which side of the ball he'd settle in on should he become a Volunteer.

Arkansas State, Duke and Georgia Tech are each offering the opportunity for the two-way talent to play quarterback.

In all, Reeves-Maybin has a double-digit number of scholarship offers — a fact that's comforting to a young man who had to exercise patience as his film circulated among college film rooms.

"It definitely makes you proud because early in the process you start to get frustrated when you feel like you should have more offers," he said. "Now that I kind of hold a few I'm starting to realize everything is for real."

First-year running backs coach Jay Graham has the lead on the 6-foot-1, 200 pounder's recruitment for Tennessee. The three-star provided some insight on their relationship.

"It's great. He's one of the first guys I started talking to. It's great talking with him just about every week, getting to know what he's like," Reeves-Maybin said.

Like most recruits, he wants to have a certain level of comfort with his would-be teammates. Those bonds are slowly starting to form with each trip to The Hill.

"All the players have been really cool up there," said Reeves-Maybin, who has gotten to know sophomore offensive tackle Antonio Richardson the most of any of the Vols.

Moving forward, he said he has tentative plans to continue educating himself on schools interested in his talent with trips to see Ole Miss and Vanderbilt before a return trip to Knoxville for the Orange & White spring game on April 21.

Should everything work out with a pair of summer school classes, Reeves-Maybin plans to enroll in college in January. He scored a qualifying score of 21 his first time taking the ACT.

Danny Parker is currently the Associate Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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