Ole Miss picked up a big time commitment Tuesday from a four-star defensive back from Shreveport, La.
Eric Reed, a four-star prospect out of Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, committed to the Rebels over offers from LSU, Virginia, Colorado, Duke, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Notre Dame, Southern Miss, TCU and West Virginia.
The 6-1, 197-pounder is rated as the nation's No. 16 safety by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite index. Reed is the No. 7 player in the state of Louisiana's 2020 class.
Though rated as a safety, Ole Miss projects Reed to play cornerback and nickel on the college level.
"I just really felt comfortable at Ole Miss," Reed told the Ole Miss Spirit. "I love the coaching staff and how they treated me up there. The atmosphere was great."
Reed said his family is excited about his decision.
"I feel comfortable at Ole Miss and they know that. That's where I want to be. They really wanted me to go somewhere I wanted to be, not for them," he shared.
"Nobody at Ole Miss pressured me to commit or anything. They just treated me like family, and they wanted me to make the best decision for me."
"When I camped there, I just really got a good feeling from the coaches and the players. They made me feel comfortable and treated me like family. It was the way they interacted with me throughout camp," said Reed.
Reed's primary recruiter to Ole Miss was cornerbacks coach Charles Clark with a big assist from area recruiter and offensive line coach Jack Bicknell.
"Coach Clark is a real cool guy to talk to and he knows what he's doing. I know he's going to help me become a better player and a better person," related Reed.
Reed has recorded verified times of 4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 4.34 seconds in the shuttle. His vertical measured in at 32.70 inches.
Reed is the second 247Sports Composite four-star to join the Rebels 2020 class, along with Horn Lake (Miss.) defensive tackle Isaih Hayes. Reed is the highest-rated player currently committed to Ole Miss.
Reed will not be an early enrollee, but he does plan to execute his national letter of intent during the December early signing period.