- David M. Hale, ESPN Staff Writer
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Former Florida State cornerback Greg Reid said he plans to declare for the 2013 NFL draft, despite missing the entirety of the 2012 season with Valdosta State with a knee injury.
Reid could have applied for a medical redshirt that would have allowed him to return to college next season -- perhaps at a Division I school -- but he said the only destination he would have considered was FSU.
"If I had a chance to go back to a Division I school, of course it would be Florida State, but after [former defensive coordinator Mark] Stoops left and things like that, I think I'm going to declare for the draft and hope for the best," Reid said. "I want to just get my image cleared up and go from there. Train hard, work hard and hope everything pans out."
Reid was a three-year starter for the Seminoles at cornerback and punt returner, but he was dismissed on Aug. 1 for a violation of team rules following an arrest on charges of marijuana possession. It was Reid's third off-field violation.
NCAA rules prevented Reid from transferring to another Division I school, but he landed with his hometown team, Division II Valdosta State, during fall camp. Just days before the start of the Blazers' season, however, he tore his ACL and was lost for the year. Valdosta State went on to win the Division II national championship.
Reid said he's been rehabilitating the knee for nearly four months, and he's optimistic he'll be able to work out for several NFL teams in advance of the draft.
"It's doing well," Reid said. "I've been rehabbing since two days after surgery. I'm just grinding right now, trying to be back and better than what I was."
Reid said his year away from football has been a learning experience, and he's eager to rebuild his career -- even as his NFL prospects remain something of a mystery at the moment.
"It's a lesson I had to learn," Reid said. "I realized a lot with this whole injury thing, and I'm glad that -- not glad that it happened, but glad that I had the experience of not playing football and being reminded of how much it means to me."