2013 Profile: Thomas Dale Speedster DJ Reid

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Daniel “D.J.” Reid’s sophomore season on varsity was affected by injury, but the speedy 6’0″, 190-pound athlete did flash big-play ability on the junior varsity level, accounting for seven touchdowns in just 10 touches in one game. Reid, now a junior, has been able to stay on the field for Dale’s varsity squad this season. He has played a key role offensively for the Knights, seeing action primarily at running back and wide receiver but also seeing some time at quarterback. He came up big in last week’s win over Prince George, rushing for 103 yards and three scores in a Dale win.

Reid, who boasts three major FBS offers already, is a talented athlete that could project to several different spots on the next level.

“UVa has me down as a safety, quarterback or running back. Virginia Tech sees me primarily more as a slot wide receiver or running back. UNC has also got me down as a running back/wide receiver,” said Reid, who has been offered by all three of those schools. West Virginia, represented a few weeks ago at Thomas Dale, seems to be on the cusp of offering as well.

Reid gave his take on where he could potentially play in college.

“It’s all depending on how I am my senior year,” Reid said. “If I stay at around 6’0″, I think I’d primarily stay at running back. If I get any taller, like 6’2″ or 6’3″, I’d probably play quarterback or wide receiver.”

Of the three offers, Virginia is the only school mentioning quarterback, but that is a position the Thomas Dale junior believes he could play in college. There is a good chance he takes over as Dale’s signal caller next season.

“I feel I could make a good quarterback on the next level,” Reid said. “With the skills I have now, I’d have to add to them to be a good quarterback. I’d have to focus more on throwing.”

Despite not seeing much action at all on the varsity last year, Reid scored two of his three