December 11, 2012
Reeves-Maybin meets with Jones
Monday night new Tennessee head coach Butch Jones was finally out on the road recruiting for the Vols and his first in-home visit was with Clarksville commitment Jalen Reeves-Maybin.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound, do-it-all athlete has been a solid commit to Tennessee since he committed to the Vols in August and was at numerous games this season. Jones repaid his loyalty with being the first recruit he saw in the Orange and White.
"It definitely let me know I was one of the top priorities so that was a plus," Reeves-Maybin said. "It was great. I loved it. I love coach (Willie) Martinez and coach Jones. They're real cool people."
According to Reeves-Maybin, he really liked Martinez, Tennessee's new safeties coach and former Auburn and Georgia assistant coach.
"He was really laid back and you could tell whenever he's talking to you that he's interested in what you're saying. I liked him a lot," Reeves-Maybin said.
As for the new head coach, Reeves-Maybin not only liked him as a person, he also noted he has a plan for the future.
"Coach Jones is real laid back, too. You can tell he has a plan on what he wants to do," Reeves-Maybin said. "In the press conference when he said UT is his dream job, I didn't really believe him but I really think that this is kind of his dream job.
"It just seemed like he had plans with what he wanted to do with the program. He talked about what he was going to do with the VFL program and stuff like that."
When the discussions turned to the actual game of football, they talked about where Reeves-Maybin would play at the next level under Jones' scheme.
"He talked to me about playing offense and defense also. He talked about doing some wildcat stuff and playing safety or outside linebacker and pick whichever one I like most. But, we talked about safety and outside linebacker," Reeves-Maybin said.
Reeves-Maybin was happy to hear he may get a chance to to have the ball in his hands some at the next level after starring on offense throughout high school.
"The last coaches talked to me about doing some wildcat stuff, but it was good to hear it and they brought it up, I didn't even bring it up, so it's good to know that they know I can do it," Reeves-Maybin said.
This weekend he will take his official visit to Knoxville as he prepares to enroll in January.
"I just want to learn how they are as coaches and kind of pick their brain on football knowledge and just get a better feel for the academics I'm going to be going through and trying to get ready to settle in," Reeves-Maybin said.
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