Intro: Jalen Reeves-Maybin
"I study lot of film," said Jalen Reeves-Maybin on playing quarterback. "I've improved on reading defenses. Instead of rushing through my progressions and making a impulse decision, I remained patient and took what they gave me. The game really slowed down for me this year, and I was able to do a better job of running the offense."
Reeves-Maybin did some work at quarterback as a freshman before taking over the position full-time as a sophomore. In true duel-threat fashion he had 205 rushing yards and two touchdowns to go with 200 passing yards and three touchdowns in week four against Clarksville. All that work on offense, however, doesn't slow down Reeves-Maybin on the other side of the ball.
"I've played both outside and inside linebacker and strong safety," Reeves-Maybin said. "I'm good at reading offenses, being able to tell if it's going to be a run or a pass. Knowledge and understanding of the game help me as much as my athleticism out there. I'm just trying to get in their backfield and make a stop."
Recently, Reeves-Matybin picked up his first college offer from Austin Peay, located in his hometown of Clarksville. He's also been hearing from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Louisville, Duke, Navy, and Army.
"[Vanderbilt] Coach (John) Donovan came to talk with me," Reeves-Maybin said. "He said he liked my highlights. That it definitely got their attention when they watched it, and told me to just keep working. They're close to big things there. Coach Franklin has the program up and rising."
Reeves-Maybin has taken an unofficial visit to Tennessee. He plans to camp during the summer at Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and possibly Louisville.
"I'm just hoping to find the best overall situation for me," Reeves-Maybin said on looking at potential colleges. "I like schools with a lot of tradition. I'd like to go into a stable coaching situation. I know nothing is certain, but I'd like to play for a coach who will hopefully be there the whole time. Last, but definitely not least, is the school's academics."
Reeves-Maybin may have played his best game in the 1st round upset of Memphis East. He rushed for 313 yards and scored five touchdowns including the one that put the Eagles up for good late in the 4th quarter. He was named District 10-5A Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches, All-Area Player of Year by The Leaf Chronicle, and All-State (5A) by the TSWA.
Reeves-Maybin will compete with 500 of the top athletes in the country at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio in January.
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