COLLEGE PARK, MD -The Chesapeake Bowl, though just beginning, has already revealed some interesting news. Washington, D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year Albert Reid, running back out of Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy, has de-committed from West Virginia and has narrowed down his list to three new schools.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Reid pointed out specific reasons for his de-commitment.
"It was based on their running back situation. They have a lot of running backs," said Reid. "I was supposed to be the only one they were going to take this year but another one committed. Also, their offense is more of a spread offense and I'd like to be in more of a power running and downhill running scheme."
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Reid further explained his decision by addressing his expectations of the competition.
"I wasn't really concerned with competing. I was concerned with my future after football. I know there is going to five or six running backs to compete with where ever I go."
Reid has received plenty of attention since his recruitment began, but this recent development is sure to attract many pleasantly surprised suitors.
"I've been talking to Maryland, Iowa and Vanderbilt a lot. All of those schools have more of a power running scheme," explained Reid. "Maryland's new offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, has been talking to me about some of the things they are going to be doing. Also, Maryland has a great engineering program, which is what I want my major to be."
Reid is also looking to the west for some possible landing spots.
"Vanderbilt also runs the ball a lot and I'm okay with some of the spread-option things they do," said Reid. "Iowa is a downhill running team also. I love the fans and the atmosphere out there. I like the fact that they have been known for having great running backs. The history at my position is definitely something I'm looking for. I also like that the coaching staff at Iowa is very stable."
Though we can not be sure where Albert Reid will be playing come next fall, one thing is certain for Reid, these next few months will undoubtedly be filled with college visits and many conversations with recruiters.