The whirlwind recruitment of Greg Reid continues as the 2009 five-star cornerback has just sent shockwaves throughout the south. He eliminated a prominent team from consideration tonight and UGASports caught up with him to discuss it.
While Reid had been committed to Florida for almost a year, a month ago he realized after much discussion with his family that he had jumped the gun. The Gators were still considered the favorite for the All-American's services, but now things have changed.
"It (the de-commitment) really wasn't what I expected to happen. I loved the players there and the tradition, but it just wasn't the right place for me," the Lowndes star explained.
This past weekend Reid actually went back to visit the Gators and many fans thought he might recommit. But before the trip was over rumors swirled of a falling out between Reid and head coach Urban Meyer. Reid says nothing really happened.
"There wasn't much to talk about. I mean with their situation at corner, I asked him if I would play there, and he wasn't sure about it with the freshman and sophomore already there," Reid said.
So this evening on WDDQ in Valdosta, Reid said he had decided to end his recruitment by the Gators.
Given his change in heart this late in the recruiting season, he knows that Florida will not be happy about it.
"I know a lot of people wanted me there, and I have not told them yet. The coaches were supposed to call me tonight, and I am telling them then. No hard feelings, just time to move on," the Georgia Player of the Year said.
With Florida out of the picture, now the race is on to see who can reel in this big fish. Florida State had Reid in for his official visit last weekend, and they made a great impression on him.
"Coach (Mickey) Andrew is a great coach, great coach, and Jimbo Fisher is probably the one I have hit it off with the best so far. Just a great staff down there," the 5-foot-9 corner gushed.
While it seems like a two team race between FSU and Georgia, since the Bulldogs are heavily recruiting him, Reid says that is not the case. Other schools have been after him lately, and he feels all of them have something to offer.
Reid said "I feel I have a chance to see the field early at all of the schools. At Auburn I know I could make a big difference, and Tennessee has let me know I could play there as well. I am really just keeping my options open."
Reid led his Lowndes Vikings team to the state playoffs this year, and was undefeated until losing a tough quarterfinal game to Grayson that was affected by rain. He was named to two All-Star games, and was named MVP of both games. Since that performance he has become possibly the hottest recruit in the nation. The Georgia Bulldogs have gone all out since his recruitment reopened.
"Coach (Mike) Bobo was down here for a basketball game, and he may be here in the morning as well. I know that some of the other coaches, Coach (Willie) Martinez and Bobo, will be back Thursday for an in home visit," Reid said.
While Andrews has been the best defensive back coach Reid has met, he admitted he did not know enough about coach Martinez.
"I have not talked to him much; I plan to this week and on my visit," Reid said.
The Crimson Tide will be hosting Reid this weekend, and Alabama will get its chance to impress the top corner. While Alabama is even with the other schools in Reid list of favorites, the tide has not been involved with his recruitment for very long.
"I have never looked at them before really. I know they have Coach (Nick) Saban, and I hear all the things people say about him as someone who gets the most out of his players. I am just looking to see if I feel welcome and meet the players," Reid said.
Since the news first broke of his de-commitment, there has been one constant. His phone has been ringing constantly all day, and he misses more calls than he can answer at night. And it has not just been the coaches that have been in his ear.
Reid joked that "All those Georgia boys have been on me. They still are, they were at the All-Star game and they are now. The ECI boys (Dexter Moody and Washaun Ealey), Lynch, my boy Mike (Gilliard), they all want me and won't quit till I get to Athens."
The last stop on his official tour will be to Athens, where the Georgia staff will look to seal the deal with the electric defensive star. If he feels it is the right place for him, he is not denying the chance of letting the coaches know.
"If I feel it while I am there, then yeah, I will pretty much tell them, " Reid said.
He wears number 24 in high school, and two of his finalists have let him know if he can wear it at their school next year. While this would not keep them out of consideration, he acknowledged it would be good to have the same number.
Reid explained that "Coach Richt let me know himself I could have Moreno's number, and Florida State said I could have any number if I went there."
With the border war for Reid seemingly alive again, his hometown has already cast its vote for his consideration. Athens is two and a half hours further away from Valdosta than Tallahassee, but the in state influence is still there.
"There are a lot of Georgia fans here. We are closer to Florida State, but there are a lot of Bulldogs in town, " Reid said.
Whether or not he gets into college has been an issue for awhile, but recently it has become l less likely to pose a problem for Reid. In fact, he sounded more confident than ever that he would be qualified after spring.
"I make B's this semester I am in. I think that's it, and I feel it's going to be straightened out soon," Reid added.
I guess when me and Junior said ya'll were out of it we WERE hating
so much for that gator chop