Saturday, April 19, 2014 · 12:20 a.m.

Vols land commitment from athlete Jalen Reeves-Maybin

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KNOXVILLE — Tennessee is in upper East Tennessee practicing at Milligan College, but the Vols landed a commitment from Middle Tennessee standout Jalen Reeves-Maybin on Friday afternoon.

Reeves-Maybin announced his decision at an assembly at his high school in Clarksville, Tenn.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Reeves-Maybin is listed by recruiting services as an “athlete” capable of playing multiple positions. He would probably play cornerback or safety on defense or running back on offense for the Vols.

“Reeves-Maybin is a tough and rugged football player that is a power back in the Wildcat formation on offense as a direct snap QB and a hybrid S/OLB on defense, which is where we feel is his best fit for the next level,” ESPN.com wrote in a scouting report. “He’s compactly built with good height and a thick frame.”

Reeves-Maybin is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 10 player in Tennessee. The top two players in the state, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and running back Jordan Wilkins, have already committed to USC and Auburn respectively. The Vols also hold verbal commitments from top-10 in-state players defensive end Jason Carr (No. 4), offensive lineman Austin Sanders (No. 6) and wide receiver Camion Patrick (No. 8).

Reeves-Maybin rushed for 1,468 yards on 170 carries and scored 31 touchdowns in his junior season. He also made 103 tackles on defense.

The Vols’ 17th commitment in the 2013 class chose Tennessee over offers from Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Ohio State and Vanderbilt. Reeves-Maybin is rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN.com and Rivals.com. He is a four-star prospect on 247Sports.com.

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