With signing day in February approaching, Friendship Collegiate running back Albert Reid wanted to make sure he was sure about his verbal commitment to attend West Virginia next season. So the senior re-opened his recruitment so he could take official visits to other schools that had offered him scholarships.
This weekend, Reid will take his first official visit, a trip to Vanderbilt. According to Friendship Collegiate Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, Reid is planning official visits to Maryland and Iowa for the following weekends, and West Virginia in January. Colorado could be his fifth official visit.
“It’s getting close to signing day and I thought I was going to get a couple more offers,” said Reid, who was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the District. “It’s just a thing about waiting it out. I’m still committed but I opened it back up.”
Vanderbilt, one of the first schools to offer Reid, saw his senior highlight film and switched its stance, offering him as a running back instead of its previous offer as a defensive back. That intrigued Reid, who wasn’t recruited by all schools as a running back.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior was a two-way starter for the seventh-ranked Knights (9-1). Reid, a 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.
The senior also had offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Iowa and Stanford, among others, before he verbally committed to West Virginia in late June. Some schools, however, still recruited Reid. Maryland offered recently. Boston College and North Carolina, which haven’t extended offers, have been interested.
“I just opened it back up just to make sure I’m making the right decision, just to see what else is out there before I sign,” Reid said.