Thomas Dale (Chester, VA) speedster DJ Reid recently scored an offer from the Sunshine State, adding to an offer list that previously included Virginia and Virginia Tech.
“A [South Florida] coach contacted me. I gave him a call, and at the end of the conversation he told me they were offering me a full scholarship. It was a little overwhelming,” said Reid, a 6’0″, 190-pound junior.
“To tell the truth, for them to pick somebody up North, for them to be picking me, I must be doing pretty well. But I still need to keep working.”
East Carolina, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio State are also expressing interest in Thomas Dale’s running back/safety. UNC had actually offered under the previous staff, but new head coach Larry Fedora pulled the scholarship. The Tar Heels are still in pursuit of Reid, but an offer is not currently in place.
On the visit front, Reid had hoped to attend Virginia Tech’s February 18 junior day, but a regional track meet shelved those plans. He intends to get down to Blacksburg at some point this spring or summer, but for now the only visit scheduled is this Saturday at UVa. Both in-state ACC programs are seriously in the mix.
“Both are pretty high up,” Reid said of the Cavaliers and Hokies. “I need to go to both schools for a full visit. Both are pretty high up there because both are in contact a lot. Both send a lot of mail, and they are talking to my coach a lot.”
Right now, Reid doesn’t foresee a commitment coming before the start of his senior season.
“My dad, when we sit and talk about it, it looks like [a college commitment] will probably come after the season next year,” Reid said. “It might depend on how many offers I get.”
The versatile performer has seen action at quarterback, running back and safety for the Knights, and he has had the term “athlete” placed on him by college coaches. Reid is open to playing any position, including quarterback, on the college level. He figures to see a lot of action as the Knights’ signal caller in 2012.
“The position I’d probably want to play…probably…I’m not totally sure. I’d do quarterback,” Reid said. “I feel I can do it.
“I’ll be playing quarterback next year. We’re getting a new player from Prince George, John Ford, and he’ll be playing quarterback also....
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