Latest commit returns to Knoxville

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When making a life-changing decision, it's better to not act in haste or out of emotion. Take into account all variables and apply logic.

After a few unofficial recruiting trips to Knoxville last winter, Jalen Reeves-Maybin's head was spinning as he contemplated his future as a college football player.

Under the advice of his parents, the Clarksville native took his time, checked out the campuses of several other universities that offered him a scholarship.

For the first time since he went public with his verbal commitment to Tennessee at a ceremony at Northeast (Tenn.) High School on Aug. 10, Reeves-Maybin made his way back to campus to see the Volunteers play Florida at a sold out Neyland Stadium.

"It was great. It was probably the loudest I'd ever heard it in there," said Reeves-Maybin, who saw Tennessee defeat Vanderbilt in overtime last November. "I've only been here twice. It was definitely louder than last time. A lot of orange around. It was the first time I've been back since I committed, so it was definitely good to get those vibes again."

The Big Orange outplayed their visitors for a fair portion of the contest and held a touchdown lead after nearly 42 minutes of action before the wheels came off and the Gators returned south with a 37-20 victory.

Reeves-Maybin is building chemistry with fellow Tennessee commitments like Kameron Miles (pictured).
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"In the first half, (the Vols) came out real strong. In the second half, they just lost it. You've just got to put four quarters together," he said.

After spending time with him at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., back in early July, Reeves-Maybin has grown closer to fellow commit Kameron Miles and the Clarksville native said he sought Miles out and they were "just talking it up, making sure he stays solid."

Reeves-Maybin said he does think Miles is solid and he also got to know Zach Barnes, Brett Kendrick, Austin Sanders, Corey Vereen and Dominic Zanca better on Saturday. The country's No. 18-ranked outside linebacker has also been building a friendship with Josh Smith.

After racking up 2,735 yards and 46 touchdowns with nearly 100 tackles en route to leading Northeast to the second round of the 2011 TSSAA Class 5A state playoffs, the inside linebacker/quarterback and the Eagles are off to a quick start in 2012.

"It's going great. We lost our first game by a point, but we're on a roll now. We're looking to take state," the 6-foot-1, 200 pounder said.

Northeast had a bye this week. Prior to that, Reeves-Maybin rushed for 143 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 51-7 victory over West Creek. In their 48-13 victory over Springfield, Reeves-Maybin totaled 93 yards on the ground on 12 attempts with two touchdowns. Neighboring Rossview got hit the hardest as it gave up 343 rushing yards and four scores on 22 totes to the future Vol in a 41-20 Northeast win.

The lone loss the Eagles have sustained thus far came in Week 0 and that one was a 22-21 decision against Jackson Northside. Reeves-Maybin threw for 93 yards and two TDs. He also racked up 118 yards on the ground.

The FOX Sports NEXT four-star said he hasn't set up a weekend for his official visit, but he plans to come to nearly all the remaining home games.

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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