Alabama’s defensive line is a unit that may look remarkably different this fall, but there’s plenty of talent for new line coach Bo Davis to work with.
After inconsistent play at nose guard last season, JUCO import Jarran Reed—a 6’4”, 310-pounder ranked as the No. 3 JUCO defensive tackle—is a candidate who can step in and provide an immediate presence in the middle of the Tide’s defensive line.
According to Andrew Gribble of AL.com, Jordan Lesley—his defensive coordinator at East Mississippi Community College—has high praise for Reed and his ability to transition into a dominant force in the SEC.
“Any center or the two guards are going to have their hands full with that guy,” Lesley said. “He's so tough to move, he's great with his hands and obviously has a tremendous amount of power to re-establish the line of scrimmage and be able to eat those two gaps up."
As BamaOnline writes, Reed has been impressive thus far and appears primed to have a major role in the fall.