Albert Reid surprised his coach with a phone call Thursday night.
“I had no idea he was going to commit,” Friendship Collegiate Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim said, after his senior running back orally committed to West Virginia following a one-day visit to the Morgantown campus. “But Albert is a real grounded kid. He’s not one who makes knee-jerk decisions, so I know he thought this through.”
Abdul-Rahim said he had envisioned Reid going to a school with a stronger academic reputation. Vanderbilt, Stanford and Duke had each offered Reid a scholarship, and Reid visited Vanderbilt last weekend. He said earlier this week that he had scored a 1450 on his SAT, but needed another 50 points to meet Vanderbilt’s requirements.
West Virginia, though, and new coach Dana Holgorsen showed the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Reid something special.
“I really think location played a factor,” Abdul-Rahim said. “Depth chart played a factor, too. They recruited him solely as a running back. A lot of schools won’t do that.”
Abdul-Rahim said Reid’s commitment is “another one out of the way,” but his biggest one isn’t going away anytime soon. Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, one of the nation’s most coveted recruits will continue his busy summer Monday when he visits South Carolina. Abdul-Rahim also said Goldman will visit Tennessee within the next couple of weeks.
Then, in July, Goldman will start making his second visits to schools, including Florida State, Alabama and Auburn. Abdul-Rahim and two of his assistants will go along with Goldman. They have been invited to work camps at Florida State and Alabama.
Abdul-Rahim said Goldman plans to pare his list of suitors by the end of July or early August. Don’t, however, expect Goldman to make a decision prior to the first day players are allowed to sign in February.