Prep player of the week: Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Prep player of the week: Jalen Reeves-Maybin

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Prep player of the week: Jalen Reeves-Maybin

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Northeast quarterback/linebacker

Height, weight: 6-1, 200

Class: Senior

2012 stats: 591 rushing yards and six TDs, including a 343-yard effort in 34-20 win over Rossview two weeks ago

College: Committed to Tennessee

GOING TO ROCKY TOP

GOING TO ROCKY TOP

Reeves-Maybin, who had 18 scholarship offers, is the first Northeast football player to commit with an SEC team since running back Travis Stephens signed in 1997. Reeves-Maybin’s finalists were Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Louisville and Georgia Tech. “I’m ready to be a Volunteer. It wasn’t that tough of a decision. When they started recruiting me, I kind of knew that was the place I wanted to go. I didn’t like them growing up as a kid or anything, but once they started recruiting me, it just became my favorite place. I’m going to start out playing a position they call star, which is like a nickel back. You have to be able to support the run and cover receivers, so it’s a player that has to be kind of versatile.”

DAD’S INFLUENCE

DAD’S INFLUENCE

Jalen’s father, Marques Maybin, was a star player at Northwest in the mid-1990s and a guard at Louisville from 1997-2001. He played professionally in Lebanon and France before a 2003 motorcycle accident in Clarksville left him paralyzed from the waist down. “He’s a great influence on me. Just being able to talk to somebody who’s been through the process and knows how to handle things is big. Football has always been me. I just kind of wanted to create my own path. There’s not too much pressure, living up to what he accomplished. Of course, I kind of want to make my name like he made his, but there’s no pressure at all. (Watching him deal with adversity) helped me mature and not take things for granted because you never know when it can be taken from you.”

ANOTHER STAR

ANOTHER STAR

Former Northeast basketball standout Alex Poythress, now a freshman at Kentucky, was in the audience when Reeves-Maybin committed to UT. “We were pretty cool (with each other.) I just noticed from him that you’ve got to stay pretty level-headed through the recruiting process. Just don’t let it pump you up or whatever. I’ve talked to him a couple times (since he left for Kentucky.)”

PREGAME ROUTINE

“Whenever we play at home, I always eat the same meal — a sub from this place called Michael’s Pizza. I just started eating them one day, and it became natural.”

PLAYING OPTION QUARTERBACK

PLAYING OPTION QUARTERBACK

“You’ve just got to be able to keep your eyes on the read the whole time and don’t get frustrated with it. You’ve just got to be patient with it. You’ve got to take what they give you. It might take longer to hit, but once it hits, you usually get a big gain.”

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT

“West Creek is a crosstown rival. It’s kind of like playing your friends because you know all those people over there. It’s just fun playing against people that you know and talk to just about every day.” Northeast leads the series 3-0, including last year’s 20-11 win.

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