Thomas Dale (Chester, VA) standout DJ Reid was seemingly well on his way towards making his college choice by the end of the summer. A summer commitment could still happen, though there is now a real possibility the 6’0″, 215-pound rising senior athlete takes his decision-making process into the fall.
“DJ had some visits pushed back,” Knights head coach Kevin Tucker said. “He hopes to make some visits soon. I hope he can.”
Virginia Tech and South Florida have been the leaders for the entire summer. Has anything changed?
“It’s still Tech and South Florida, but he is keeping his options open,” Tucker answered. “UVa is still in the mix a little bit, but I think South Florida and Virginia Tech are the top two for sure. I think DJ is just more comfortable with the coaches at those places. (South Florida) Coach [Joe] Sloan (a former Thomas Dale standout) and Coach [Shane] Beamer, they’ve both done a great job recruiting him.”
While Reid hopes to be able to make his college choice sooner rather than later, he is also focused on helping Dale make a state championship run in 2012. A versatile athlete with excellent speed, Reid has been called upon to play a variety of roles throughout his varsity career. As a senior, his most prominent role will be as the team’s primary running back, a position he could well play on the major college level.
“He is 215 pounds now. He is getting after it,” Tucker said of Reid. “We’re going to give him 25 to 30 carries per game, kind of like what Hermitage does with Derrick Green. He’s a man now.”
TSL’s Take: Reid remains a top recruit for the Hokies. I still give Tech the edge right now over South Florida, but obviously he wants to visit both schools before making a final decision. Tech remains...
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