Options still open for UNC commitment

SCOOBA, Miss. -- East Mississippi Community College defensive tackle Jarran Reed committed to North Carolina during the summer, but that hasn’t stopped other schools from showing interest. It also hasn’t stopped him from looking at other schools.

“All of my options are still open,” Reed said. “I’m not closing any doors.”

Reed, a native of Goldsboro, N.C., says he’s hearing from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri and Texas Tech.

Although he wants to take visits to a few of those schools this fall, he’s happy with his commitment to the Tar Heels.

“It’s somewhere I know I can go in and play and make a real impact,” Reed said. “Plus, it’s back at home.”

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle can see himself fitting in with North Carolina’s defense, if that’s where he ends up. He will have three years of eligibility regardless of which school he chooses.

“I’m already well-equipped with [the defense],” he said. “I have the techniques to play it, so I’m feeling pretty good about it. Honestly, there’s probably not much of a difference from what we run. The only thing that will be different will probably be the calls.”

For now, Reed says he’s working on his grades and becoming a better athlete.