Two Schools Are Neck-And-Neck for the South's 31st-Ranked Inside Linebacker, Shanon Reid

Fresh off his weekend stay with Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines, coveted linebacker Shanon Reid says a pair of out-of-state schools are currently deadlocked at the top.

A stable of top-shelf prospects out of the Sunshine State packed their bags and journeyed up to Ann Arbor to spend this weekend with Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines, with one being Shanon Reid.

The rangy, do-it-all linebacker out of Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar has been warming up to the Wolverines in recent months, and also continues to construct that tight-knit relationship with Don Brown, Michigan's first-year defensive coordinator.

Reid, who rates his weekend stay in Ann Arbor a "10" on a 1-10 scale, is a hot commodity on the recruiting scene that's piled up additional scholarship offers from the likes of Florida State, Mississippi StateTennesseeMiami (Fl)West Virginia and North Carolina.

"The visit (to Michigan) went great," Reid told Scout. "I loved it up there and it felt like home. Just talking with coach Harbaugh and coach Don (Brown), they made me feel like I was part of the team already and showed me a great time.

"I loved it up there in the Big House. I'm glad I picked that game, especially with how the defense came to play. It was great."

Who really put on the full court press and rolled out the red carpet during Reid's brief stay in the Great Lakes State? The ninth-ranked inside linebacker in Florida was provided with a plan of action, and will have the opportunity to pattern his role after a Wolverine that's certainly left his mark on Harbaugh's program.

"Coach Don Brown, really," Reid said. "It was great and he was telling me that playing time will work out for me. He was showing me film and saying how I'll go in and fight for the position that Jabrill (Peppers) plays, so I can come in and learn off him."

With that being said, have the Wolverines catapulted themselves to the top of Reid's recruitment?

"It's either Michigan or Mississippi State," Reid said when asked about his top schools. "When I went to both of the colleges, I was impressed by their academic standards because I know anything can happen with football; nothing is promised.

"To play that many years, especially if you make it to the pros, you have to hang up the cleats one day. It's good just knowing that their academic programs are great."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Reid was slated to step foot on NC State's campus on the weekend of Nov. 5, but as many know, today's day-and-age of recruiting is a numbers game that provides ups and downs along the way.

"I was trying to schedule one with Mississippi State, but I don't know what's going on because they never got back to me," Reid said.

"I really don't know (about NC State) because the coach said they were filled up right now with three people committed at my position."

Reid is an early enrollee that hopes to make a decision sometime around the end of this year.

As always, stay tuned to Scout.

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