February 28, 2012

Plenty of suitors for Reeves-Maybin

These days, Clarksville, Tenn., is getting attention for Kacey Bogushie's emotional breakdown after being rejected by Ben Flajnik on a recent episode of ABC's "The Bachelor."

Bogushie, an administrative assistant from Clarksville, flew to Switzerland to make one final plea to Flajnik on Monday's episode, but he rejected her advances yet again.

Jalen Reeves-Maybin is hoping to keep Clarksville in the headlines this fall, just in a much different way. Unlike Bogushie's desperate efforts to find a mate, prospective suitors will be flocking to Clarksville's Northeast High School this year to court Reeves-Maybin.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound athlete has six offers already, and he was at Ole Miss Saturday to check out the Rebels.

"They were telling me what they had in mind for me position-wise, how they're planning to run the program and how it was going to be if I were to go to Ole Miss," said Reeves-Maybin, who is drawing interest as a running back, linebacker and defensive back on the next level.

Ole Miss, he said, told him it sees him as a linebacker or strong safety in college, though the Rebels didn't rule out a career on the offensive side of the ball.

"That's fine with me," Reeves-Maybin said. "I don't really have a preference. I'll play anywhere. …It's kind of funny with me. I'm an athlete and no one has told me one particular position. I just have to kind of keep my game going all around and make sure I can be ready once I get to college.

While in Oxford, Reeves-Maybin spent time with Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, the Rebels' defensive staff and the nation's No. 1 recruit, Loganville, Ga., defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.

"He's a real cool guy," Reeves-Maybin said of Nkemdiche. "We were just hanging out and talking about recruiting. …It was definitely a nice visit. I'll definitely be back in Oxford at some point.

Reeves-Maybin has scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Duke and Austin Peay. In addition to his trip to Oxford, he has taken unofficial visits to Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

"I liked Tennessee," Reeves-Maybin said. "I liked all the coaches there. They're just great people. It's almost like home. Vanderbilt's just 40 minutes away from where I live.

"I'll probably have something in my head a little before football season, but I'll wait until after the college season. You don't know what coaches are going to stay, what coaches are going to leave. I'll probably wait awhile. …I'm really looking for comfort, knowing I can be somewhere and live with myself and not be worried about going back home or anything."

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