South Florida and Virginia Tech continue to lead the way for D.J. Reid, a versatile rising senior athlete out of Thomas Dale (Chester, VA). And both schools are finding creative ways to express their interest.
“Neither school is letting off the gas,” Reid said. “South Florida sent me like 20 little cards. You flip through them really fast and there is message about how much they want me to come there. Coach (Shane) Beamer sent me a picture from the beach. It was of a sign that said “DJ” on it. They are getting very creative.”
Had the 6’0″, 208-pound standout been able to visit Virginia Tech and South Florida in June, he likely would have made a commitment by now. But he has yet to take those visits, and he isn’t sure when he’ll be able to do so. He is still hoping to make those visits soon, and presumably pick one of the two schools soon after.
Reid has been to Virginia Tech several times. He attended camp in Blacksburg last July, which is when he received the offer from the Hokies, and he returned for what was supposed to be the Spring Game in April. Reid would like to return to Blacksburg for one more look before he commits.
“I’ve gotten the gist of Virginia Tech’s campus, but not the entire thing,” Reid said.
A visit to South Florida is essential for Reid, who has yet to see the Big East school’s campus.
“I think I need to visit South Florida before I can make a decision,” Reid said.
At this point, Reid says it’s a close race between the Bulls and Hokies. Tech is of course the in-state school, but Reid has family in Tampa, including an aunt that lives minutes from South Florida’s campus.
“I really feel they are both neck and neck,” he answered when asked if either of the two schools had an edge.
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