I could see Northeast High’s and now Tennessee signee Jalen Reeves-Maybin (4) play quarterback at the college level.
I had heard all the hype about Northeast High’s and now Tennessee signee Jalen Reeves-Maybin and never doubted anything that was uttered. What I thought was the best was I got the fortune to meet the young man and talk to him a few times during the summer as a regular teenager on ‘From the Sideline’ and liked him right off. wherever
Now I want to be absolutely and completely clear here: In no way do I doubt his decision to play defense or Tennessee’s want to have him play on defense.
With that being said, I was so impressed with his skills as a quarterback that it left me thinking, ‘Now why, wasn’t Jalen being recruited more as a quarterback!’
First off, he’s got a rocket arm. He can fling the ball on a go route like a Chinese badminton player swats a birdie. But he can also find players on the crossing route and screens.
Oh and can he run. Reeves-Maybin is nimble, agile, nifty, shifty and flat out fast. Former Fort Campbell standout Micah Johnson, Independence (La.) High running back LaBrandon Tofield and Hammond (La.) Hign corner Fred Booker are three of the most impressive high school football players I’ve covered and Reeves-Maybin ranks right up there.
And as I watched him against Rossview last Friday night, I could have easily seen him doing that on Saturday playing quarterback for Georgia Tech, but also at Tennessee, Louisville, Ole Miss or Vandy.
Boiling all down Reeves-Maybin is one of the many talented kids in the area along with Tristan Luke, Jaylen Williams,†Isaiah Washington, Jeff Webb, Charles Talleyrand, Isaiah Johnson and Dontavious (DJ) Cutno … just to name a few (and the one’s that have stood out to me in the two games I’ve seen so far).
So, like with the Clarksville High girls basketball team, including Tennessee’s and Team USA’s† Bashaara Graves, or Northeast’s and now Kentucky’s Alex Poythress, make sure you get out to see these and all the great football players in the area.
But Derek Dooley if by chance you happen to read this, Jalen has a pretty good arm.
About James D. Horne
James D. Horne began his writing career at the Carrollton Missouri Democrat in 1995, and was the assistant sports editor/writer for the Hammond Louisiana Daily Star for two years. In 1998, Horne became the Missouri Basketball beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He joined The Leaf-Chronicle in Oct. 2003 as the lead prep writer and became the Austin Peay beat writer in March of 2005. During his career he won a state association sports writing award at the Daily Star and two while at the Leaf-Chronicle.
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Horne earned his B.A in communications from Central Methodist University in Fayette Missouri.
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