Reed On Visit, Adams Departure

Reed On Visit, Adams Departure

Ole Miss pledge Jarran Reed, who officially visited North Carolina over the weekend, was informed on Monday that his potential position coach and primary recruiter at UNC, Deke Adams, was leaving the program.

"Coach [Larry] Fedora called me," Reed said. "He said they still want me and nothing changes and that they're going to find somebody that is going to make me into the player that I want to be.

"I can't really say [how it will affect my decision], because I don't know. It just proves that anything can happen at any time."

Last summer, Adams -- who accepted a position at South Carolina on Sunday -- was one of the first coaches to offer Reed, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle, a scholarship. Since then, Reed's JuCo campaign at East Mississippi CC has helped him increase his recruiting stock.

This past weekend during his UNC official visit, when he wasn't spending time with Adams, Reed was with his player host junior running back A.J. Blue. Both Blue and Reed spent a semester at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy.

"We have lot in common. We had a real great conversation. He was able to move on and go straight [to UNC from Hargrave] and I had to take a different route that included junior college. He's a great host and a great guy."

Throughout the course of the past few years – first as a student at Goldsboro (N.C.) High School, then at Hargrave, followed by EMCC – Reed has made several visits to UNC.

"I really got to see inside the school," Reed said. "I got to see the academic part of the school. I also got to see more of the student life."

Reed also attended his first UNC basketball game on Saturday.

"I enjoyed it – it was amazing," Reed said. "I had a chance to get five steps away from Roy Williams. I didn't get a chance to talk to him because he was on the court, but I actually got to see him."

In addition to the basketball game, Reed cites the time he spent with Fedora as a highlight.

"He's a real great guy," Reed said. "He has a lot of energy."

Reed sat down with Fedora on Sunday before heading back to Mississippi.

"He wanted to know where I stood and where I was at," Reed said. "He told me that they need for me to be there."

Reed, who has also officially visited Florida, will take official trips to Kentucky this weekend and then Ole Miss the following weekend. He'll then make his final collegiate decision on Signing Day, Feb. 6.

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