Greg Reid committed to Florida early in 2008. Throughout the summer combine tour and for his entire senior season, the Gators were locked in as the school Greg was going to sign with on Signing Day. After listening to former Auburn head coach Tommy Tubberville before the Under Armour All-Star game, Reid surprised many when he decided he wanted to open his recruitment back up and explore all of his options.
Later on that week Reid had an outstanding performance in the game, intercepting two passes and breaking up several more. Between the change in recruiting and the athletic ability he showed throughout the All-Star game week, Reid became a highly talked about recruit. That was something Greg was surprised to see happen.
"Yeah, man, I am surprised by it all," said the 4-star cornerback. "I don't really know what's been going on because things have been going so fast. Between the All-Star game and me de-committing things have been crazy. I worked hard all week during the practices and I was happy with the way I played. I'm happy overall with the way things have been going for me."
Reid told NoleDigest that he de-committed from his long-time favorite in Florida because he wanted to see what else was out there, and that he felt he rushed into things when his process first started.
"I opened things back up because I feel like I rushed into my decision the first time around," explained Reid. "I was awestruck by the Florida offer so I jumped on (it). Right now everything and everyone is equal; Alabama, Florida State, Florida and Georgia will be the schools I choose from. Alabama is a great school and I want to see their cornerback depth. The visit to Florida State was great. Florida's visit is this weekend. Georgia is the home state school and I will be going there the 30th."
FSU was on of the schools that very quickly jumped into the recruitment of Greg once he made it known he wanted to explore other options. At first it seemed like neither side was interested, Reid rapidly came to FSU for an official visit.
"I am very interested in FSU," said Reid, "because of the coaching staff and the tradition they have there. "The visit I had was great; it was fun and it was good to see the depth chart they have there. I watched film with the coaches and saw some talent they have. I feel like I can come in there and contribute early, which is important to me. I really like Coach Fisher, and Coach Andrews is a legend. He is a great coach who has turned out a lot of players. He is a big factor for me in this (decision process)."
Reid said that he was hosted by freshman running back Jermaine Thomas, and he told NoleDigest that the two had a great time together. Over the visit Reid was told something by Thomas, and some of the other current Seminole players, which made him perk up his ears.
"Jermaine was my host on the visit and we got along well," stated Reid. "He was telling me how FSU is a great place and how they need some help at corner. A couple other players were telling me how there is opportunity to come there and ball out early. I was surprised to hear that from them, but it was encouraging."
There has been a potential snag with Reid's dream of playing college football, that being his academic standing. Reid told NoleDigest that people have every right to question if he'll qualify due his past performances in the classroom, but he abruptly said that they should stop there. He said that recently he received a qualifying score that makes him eligible in the fall of 2009.
"People have the right to talk about me not qualifying if they look at what I did in 9th and 10th grade," said Reid, "but they don't know that I've been working hard these past 2 years to fix that. I slacked early on but now I have by GPA up to a 2.5. I just took the ACT and got my score back; with the combined scores I qualify with my GPA, thus I will be able to play in the fall."
The 5'9" 180 pound Reid says that while FSU has only been in the picture as a legitimate choice for just a few weeks, the Noles have a real shot to land the speedy corner on Signing Day.
"The visit I tool to FSU helped them a whole lot," explained Scout.com's 7th rated corner. "I don't know what's going to happen but FSU is the first school I visited so I am leaning towards them. I want to take these other visits to see if they can match FSU's visit. Right now I'd say they (FSU) have a legit shot at landing me on Signing Day."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Greg, as well as the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.