Friendship Collegiate All-Met running back Albert Reid committed to Maryland on Thursday morning, a month after he said he was reopening his recruitment. Reid verbally committed to West Virginia last June.
The Terps recently secured the commitment of another high profile running back, Wes Brown of Good Counsel. Reid said he isn’t worried about having to share playing time with Brown or others.
“Wherever you go you’re going to have competition,” he said.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Reid said he chose Maryland over Iowa and Vanderbilt not only for academics but because he liked the direction the Terps’ football program is headed.
“I chose them because at Maryland I wanted to major in mechanical engineering and it has one of the top engineering programs in the nation,” Reid said. “Not only that, but because I think they’re up and coming and they are going to start something big there and Coach [Randy] Edsall is getting good players and they’ll get better.”
Maryland was a late-comer to Reid’s recruitment, offering him in November, Reid said. But it was an offer that he admits he was waiting to receive.
The senior had offers from Cincinnati, Duke and Stanford, among others, before he verbally committed to West Virginia in late June. But once more offers started coming in and some schools changed their minds, wanting Reid as a running back and no longer as a defensive back, he reopened his recruitment in December.
Reid took official visits to Maryland, Iowa and Vanderbilt. Reid said being able to play running back was also a factor in his decision, as Maryland and recruiter Lyndon Johnson always wanted him to play that position.
This past fall, Reid was a two-way starter for the seventh-ranked Knights (9-1). The deceptively fast and shifty runner rushed for 1,705 yards and 17 touchdowns on 225 carries in 10 games, a 7.6 yards-per-carry average. He was named the 2011 D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year.
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