DT Jarran Reed won't be able to enroll at Florida this fall.
Florida will be one player short of its anticipated rotation on the defensive line in 2013. JUCO defensive tackle Jarran Reed, who was a signing day steal for the Gators, won't make it in for the season as expected, sources informed GatorBait.net.
Reed was on the verge of making an impressive leap from the junior college ranks to college in just a year, nearly finishing his associate degree in three semesters.
Non-qualifiers out of high school are required to obtain their associate degree before they are allowed to transfer to a four-year college to play football. Reed was unable to complete the required amount of credits for his associate degree, so he'll have to stick at East Mississippi Community College to finish his degree before attempting to enroll at Florida again.
Had he made it into Florida this year as expected, Reed would have had four years to play three seasons worth of eligiblity. At 6 foot 4, 302 pounds, he would have likely challenged Damien Jacobs for the starting spot at nose tackle upon arrival.
Instead, he'll finish up his associate degree at EMCC before joining Florida as an early enrollee in the 2014 class. At that point, he'll have three years left to play two seasons.
However, other teams will be able to recruit Reed again. He signed a national letter of intent with the Gators back in February, but his failure to make it into school opens things back up for other programs to pursue him.