From Austin Peay being his lone off through his junior season to now being coveted by Southeastern Conference schools, it's been a whirlwind for the Northeast (Tenn.) High School athlete.
"A year ago I was going to camps at DI-AA schools and then this year I'm recruited by top SEC schools," Reeves-Maybin told InsideTennessee. "So, it's great for me, great for my school, great for my city. It's just a big honor."
Reeves-Maybin got word of his Tennessee scholarship offer by way of Northeast coach Isaac Shelby back in mid-January.
Running backs coach Jay Graham is the lead recruiter for the Clarksville, Tenn., native. Reeves-Maybin said the Vols are still recruiting him hard, which is a testament to Graham.
"It's going great," the three-star prospect said of his relationship with Graham. "They were one of the first schools to start recruiting me, so we've been building our relationship since January. He's a real laid back guy. We talk about everything, we talk about life. It's good talking to him because he was there (at Tennessee), so he has insight on the program. And, he really knows ball.
"He's not going to B.S. you. He knows what Tennessee is about. There's really no better source to go to."
After tripping east to the campus in Knoxville 4-5 times since his season ended last November, Reeves-Maybin has made it a point to give ample attention to other schools showing interest. This summer he has made it to Ole Miss twice, Louisville and Vanderbilt.
Although he wants to commit "by the beginning of my school year," it is a given that he will take at least a pair of official visits.
"I'll take as many as I have to," he said. "If I find a school that I know is right, then I'll probably leave out a few. But, I'll take two for sure."
|Reeves-Maybin is one of several in-state products that falls under Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham's (pictured) jurisdiction.|
"I just like the way they are recruiting me. Ole Miss just seems like a place I can fit in," Reeves-Maybin said.
The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder still has plenty to accomplish before he sets foot on a college campus as an official member of the football team.
He has competed with the West Tennessee Xpress in 7 on 7 tournaments this summer, including this past weekend in Bradenton, Fla. He says the work has done nothing but helped him as a football player.
"It was great. Seeing all that competition and going against the best of the best. It was great competing really and that's what I like to do," he said.
A calendar year that's seen a ton of momentum in his favor now has the all-everything prospect poised to compete at The Opening at the Nike World Headquarters in Oregon on July 5-8. He will be joined by fellow Tennesseans Mark Dodson, Frank Herron, Christian Morris, Jalen Ramsey and Marcus Robinson.
"I actually went to the Nike camp at safety, and they invited me at outside linebacker. It's great to know that they think I am athletic enough to where I can come down to the box and play," Reeves-Maybin said.
Therein lies one of the major questions circulating around Northeast's top talent: what position does he call home on the next leveel?
"I still don't know. I don't care. I think I can play anything. It doesn't matter to me. Wherever the team needs me to come in and play early, that's where I'm going to play," he said.
It's possible that he could switch positions 2-3 times during his college career, which is OK with him.
"It could happen that way," he said. "I wouldn't have a problem adapting. I haven't played one position more than one year besides quarterback. I don't know. It could hurt me as far as the NFL, but I just want to win."
In spite of being on the road quite a bit visiting schools, attending camps and combines, and participating in 7 on 7s, Reeves-Maybin says he's logged plenty of time in the gym to get physically ready for what lies ahead.
"Summer is going good. I squatted about 500 the other day. That's kind of my highest mark in the weightroom so far. But, I've been working hard, trying to get my team ready for a state ring. That's the most important thing to me right now is winning state."
In 2011, the Eagles eliminated Memphis East 41-38 in the opening round of the TSSAA Class 5A state playoffs before eventual state champion Henry County ended their season. Northeast opens up 2012 at home against Jackson North Side on Aug. 17.
Reeves-Maybin said "everything is good" academically as he posted a qualifying ACT score of 21 his junior year and is currently finishing up an English class so he can enroll in college in January.
"I'm definitely ready to get out and get out of Clarksville and make a name for myself so I can get that early playing time as a freshman," he said.
To see highlights of Reeves-Maybin toting the rock for Northeast during the 2011 season, click play on the video below: