A buzz swept across the camp when sleeper running back Brandon Reid (6-2, 210, 4.5) from Canutillo, Texas entered the NIKE Camp held in Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday. The buzz continued as he did well throughout the camp.
One of the reasons that Reid is a sleeper is he from the El Paso area and according to Canutillo head coach Scott Brooks, El Paso is one of the only areas in Texas that is under recruited.
It appears that Reid will definitely attract D-I schools to the area and after Saturday there is every reason to believe there will be schools from the west making their trek to the El Paso area campus.
Reid has offers on the table from UTEP and Tulsa. Schools such as Arkansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Missouri, BYU, New Mexico, New Mexico State and Army have been by the school.
There are rumors circulating that there's a good chance that UCLA, Arizona, Oregon State and UNLV will be recruiting him.
Brooks thinks any school that recruits him will be taking a step in the right direction.
"For being as big as he, Brandon has good speed and is explosive," Brooks said. "He's also a tough kid and he loves to hit the weights.
"Several schools are recruiting him as a linebacker," Brooks said. "He played the position some for us and did a very good job. Other schools like him as an athlete and some want him strictly as a running back.
"Brandon is a good student who carries a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and has already taken his SAT," Brooks said. "He's waiting for his results.
"Brandon comes from a great family. His dad is retired military and never gets in trouble. He owns a kennel in town and Brandon works there.
"Brandon is good all-around athlete who also runs track," Brooks said. "He was hurt most of the year, but came back in time to qualify for the region 4x100 and he was fourth in the discus. The runner-up in the discus was second in the state last year as a junior.
On the gridiron, Reid is a two-time all-district performer as a running back.
As a sophomore, Reid rushed for 990 yards and nine touchdowns. While missing two games as a junior due to an injury, he still rushed for 658 behind a line that had five new starters in 2006.
One to watch as the spring progresses.