Jamal Reid is one of the top two-way players in Florida for 2009. As a junior Jamal achieved All-State honors as he had over 1,000 yards through the air and 15 scores while being a top playmaker on defense as he picked off 10 passes. Reid told NoleDigest that nothing really changed with his recruitment this summer and that a few new offers came in.
"Things have been going well," said Reid. "We just finished two-a-days and now we're ready for the season. Recruiting didn't' change too much over the summer, but I did get offers from Oregon and Troy which put my total at around 15. I'm happy with the offers I have but I am looking forward to having more schools offer me throughout the year. As new offers come in I will look at them."
Reid has played mostly wide receiver in high school but several programs have been looking at him as a corner on the next level. Right now Jamal says he'd like to stay on the offensive side of the ball but this fall he's going to plan on focusing on getting better at defensive back.
"I've debated back and forth on where I am going to play in college," said Reid about playing either corner or wide out. "Some schools want me as a receiver, some a corner and others as an athlete. I never really thought I'd be looked at as a corner until Miami offered me at that position because they liked the way my hips are. I've always played offense but this year I am going to focus and try to get better at defensive back. I'll be starting both ways so we'll see how it goes."
Several schools, namely Georgia, Miami, Florida and Florida State are schools that have been mentioned in some form as favorites in Jamal's recruitment. Reid says that he's pretty open at this time and that he hasn't had any favorite so far throughout his process.
I'm open right now," said Jamal about his recruitment, "and I am planning on narrowing things down sometime soon. I've never really had a top school. I like Georgia because of the coaches there and the program they have going but they haven't offered me. I like Miami a lot because they were my first offer. Florida was my favorite team growing up but they haven't offered either. Even if they did offer it doesn't mean I'd go because I need to look at depth charts and all that. I haven't talked to the Florida State coaches since before the Showtime camp. If they offered me I'd be interested in them."
Florida State is one of the several schools that wanted to see Reid in action at their camp over the summer. He decided to skip Seminole Showtime in order to go to Georgia, but he says he is still looking at the Seminoles at this time. With the need for corners in this class, Reid is a player the coaches are keeping an eye on.
"I'm still looking at FSU," explained Reid. "I haven't talked to them in a while but they wanted me to come to their big-time camp. At first they were looking at me as a receiver but they got a bunch of guys to commit. Now I think they like me as a defensive back. If they recruit me and offer me I will definitely consider them as a place to play."
Jamal isn't in any rush to make his decision but he does know the factors that will play into his decision. He plans on taking all 5 of his officials but he plans on waiting until the season has started to see who else offers.
"I want to find a place that has good academics, a good coaching staff and a place I can make an impact. I don't necessarily need immediate playing time because it would also be nice to take a year to get adjusted and add some weight. I'm 6' 175 pounds now. I'll probably take all of my visits but I want to see who else offers me. I know for sure I'll visit Miami. I've been to Florida and Florida State before but never Miami so I will take a visit there. The others I don't know about."
Jamal plan on being a leader for his Mayo team and is focused on being a star on and off the field in the classroom. He reports a 2.9 GPA and plans on taking the ACT several times this year. It's yet to be determined what role FSU will play in Jamal's recruitment, but if they offer it looks like they could be a major player before it's all said and done. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Reid's recruitment, as well as the rest of the remaining targets for the 2009 recruiting class.