Reid Neely, Jackson (Miss.) Academy High’s standout offensive tackle, committed to Ole Miss in August. With a successful senior season winding down, he said that his pledge is as firm as ever.
“I’m pretty solid in my commitment to Ole Miss, and that’s for sure where I’m going,” Neely said. “I talk to Coach Hopson (Recruiting coordinator Jay), Coach Latina (Offensive coordinator and line coach John) and Coach Cutcliffe (Head coach David) a lot. I go and see them all before the games that I’ve seen there and I really like all the coaches. I also feel very comfortable with the players, and I really got to know them at camp there this past summer. That was a big part of my decision.”
Neely said that the phone calls from other teams subsided after his commitment, and that any new letters are a waste of time because of the multiple connections he has to Ole Miss.
“I still get a few letter from LSU and Mississippi State and a few other people, but I’m definitely going to Ole Miss,” he said. “My parents went there, I have cousins there, and most of my friends that already graduated and my friends in this senior class will be going there, too. It meant a lot to me to still be close to the people I know.”
Now that his decision is out of the way and the regular season is over, Neely said that there’s only one thing left for he and his Jackson Academy teammates to focus on: the Mississippi state playoffs.
“We have a playoff game tomorrow (Friday), and if we win we’ll go to the state championships. I’ve been pretty pleased with the whole season, and we only have one loss. My size has definitely helped me at this level, and I’m faster than most other lineman. I think I play pretty smart, and you have to be smart to be a lineman, so playing smart really helps.”
Neely is one of the top-30 overall prospects in Mississippi, and projects to stay at offensive tackle in college. He is currently 6-foot-6 and 289 pounds.