Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Reid in high demand, taking things slow
By Josh Moyer
John Reid (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) still can't drive without the supervision of an adult -- he just earned his learner's permit last month -- but the rising junior already needs to keep track of his scholarship offers with his cell phone.
Those 10 offers are there on his notepad app in case friends or reporters ask. But he doesn't like to open that list. He knows he's still young -- and a verbal offer is a lot different from a written one.
"I'm not focused on recruiting. I'm focused on football because I know those offers can be taken away at any point," said Reid, who's primarily being recruited as a cornerback. "I try not to put too much thought into it because I like to be around humble players.
"So, yeah, I try not to pay too much attention to that notepad."
Reid doesn't have a list of top schools. He's not sure where he'll visit in the future. And he's not exactly sure what he's even looking for in a college. At this point, Reid's just trying not to get too far ahead of himself.
Reid figures the number of schools on that notepad are only going to grow if he grows as a player, so he's not focused on recruiting. He feels that'll take care of itself as long as he continues to play good football. So he's not worrying about it.
"I get to go to college for free," he said. "Getting one is just a blessing, so I just want to keep improving and not really think about all that right now."
He received his first offer when he skipped his junior high graduation to take part in a Boston College football camp, just three days after switching from tailback to cornerback. The coaches remarked on his explosiveness out of breaks and offered him on the spot. The 5-foot-10 DB was well on his way.
Reid collected a handful of offers before even stepping foot inside the halls of St. Joseph's Prep. And, once there, he only impressed more. He came away with five interceptions as a sophomore despite a defensive scheme that often presses and aims more to disrupt the timing.
As a result of that film, his offer sheet now includes schools from as far west as Arizona and Colorado and as far south as Miami (Fla.) and Central Florida. Local schools such as Temple, Rutgers and Penn State have also extended offers.
He's been to those three local schools -- most recently at Penn State for its spring game -- but said location isn't a big factor. Just a bonus.
"I definitely liked my visit to Penn State a lot," he said. "It has a home-type feel because of how nice the people are, even like the short conversations I had with the fans. Honestly, I've never heard anything bad about Penn State -- well, except the sanctions.
"But, I mean, I've never heard anyone say they didn't like their experience there. And I have a lot of friends who keep telling me I need to get up there when all the fans are there. It's just a really nice place."
Michigan visited and talked to his coach just last week, so Reid remains in high demand. He's hoping to see some future SEC interest, but he's not overly eager for them to seek him out right now.
After all, he's got a long way to go.
"That's all more in the future. I'm more worried about the here and now," Reid said. "I'm not going to be worried about that for awhile."