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In one week Jalen Reeves-Maybin embarks on his final season of prep football at Northeast (Tenn.) High School.

In one year, the 6-foot-1, 203-pounder plans to be gearing up for his first season of college football — at the University of Tennessee.

The FOX Sports NEXT four-star is rated the No. 24 outside linebacker in the country but Volunteer coaches have yet to decide what position he will play once he's on The Hill.

The Clarksville resident is Vol commitment No. 18 and is the sixth Tennessean in the 2013 class to pledge to the Volunteers. He makes the second verbal of the week as Jonesboro, Ga., defensive back Cameron Sutton picked the Big Orange on Tuesday.

Reeves-Maybin is one of the top football prospects to come out of Northeast High School since Travis Stephens, who was a member of Tennessee's BCS National Championship team from the 1998 season.

The dynamic athlete rarely leaves the field for the Eagles, running the show as a dual-threat quarterback while also lining up at safety and linebacker on the flipside. His junior season he piled up 2,735 yards and 46 touchdowns and nearly hit the century mark for tackles.

Even though National Signing Day was fast approaching for the 2012 class, Tennessee made it a point to get Reeves-Maybin on campus last winter, getting him a seat for the Vanderbilt game at Neyland Stadium and a couple months later for a basketball contest at Thompson-Boling Arena.

After evaluating him off the field, some sit-down conversations with coach Derek Dooley and other staff members like running backs coach Jay Graham, the Vols issued a scholarship offer mid-January. Reeves-Maybin told IT that it was "big time gaining that offer."

He later came back to Knoxville for a spring practice, the Orange & White game and yet again in July.

An added perk of getting the Northeast standout on board is his friendship will fellow in-state talent and Vol pledge Jason Carr. With Reeves-Maybin on board that could sure up Carr's bond to Rocky Top, which is vital for this signing class.

The Eagles kick off their season against Jackson North Side on Aug. 17. Coach Isaac Shelby's bunch is sure to be in the thick of things in District 10-AAA. They made the second round of the TSSAA Class 5A state playoffs last season. Reeves-Maybin earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State honors as a linebacker.

Plans are for the four-star to graduate early and get started molding himself into an SEC football player in January.

Watch footage of the do-everything athlete at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., back in early July:

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

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