Diary of a recruit: Bobby Reid

Since he last gave you the scoop on his life as one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in the country, Bobby has been to Georgia, and will be boarding a plane for San Diego on Wednesday...

Thursday, 7.17.03

These last two weeks have just been really busy for me. I haven't really had much free time because I leave for San Diego next Wednesday and I have been doing extra work on the side to get ready for the camp [EA Elite 11 Quarterback Camp]. It has really kept me busy, but I am really looking forward to the trip. I have been to Los Angeles before, but never San Diego. It sounds pretty cool the way they have everything scheduled. We are gonna have four days of practice and classroom time and then they have three outings planned for us. We are going to the beach one day and then to watch a San Diego Chargers practice and I'm not too sure about the last one, but I am pretty excited to watch the Chargers. My mom is going to stay home this time. She said she needs some rest and a break from all of this. I don't blame her, she has been right there through everything.

Last week I went to Georgia and visited. I had a good time and it was a long trip because we drove. Me and my mom and dad and my two teammates took turns driving so we could just keep the truck rolling. The only thing about Georgia is that I felt like a foreigner there, just because there was no one from Texas around. Everyone else came from schools in Georgia or Mississippi and Florida, so it was a little weird in that way. It made me think a lot, but when we got home, me and my mama just talked about it and she helped me to realize that is just part of the whole deal and there will be something like that wherever I go. It is just part of growing up, I guess. She is good with stuff like that, she just sits me down and tells me how it is, and I feel a lot better about that now.

Yeah, so Georgia already has a quarterback commitment [AJ Bryant, Fort Valley, GA], and the two quarterbacks they already have [David Greene and DJ Shockey] are good too, but that isn't something I am really concerned with. As a matter of fact, they did sit me down and tell me they were looking to sign two QB's this year, and they already have the one. [Bryant] is a good high school quarterback, don't get me wrong, but with Georgia, I see them maybe moving him to receiver or defensive end. The boy can really throw, but they might move him around to better suit their needs and that could open up possibilities for me. It really doesn't play a big part in my decision that they are stocked so much at the position. It is kind of a good thing because you are going to have competition anywhere you go in life.  I would rather compete right out of the gate as a freshman to mature quicker as a player. Each of the schools I am considering, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Ohio State, all of them...they all have that competition level that I am looking for.

Ohio State, well, I haven't taken the visit yet because my high school coach likes all that to be done by the time we start really practicing, or he wants us to do it in the seven weeks after the season is over until signing day. So, I will have to wait on that one. I can't say much on this since I haven't been there and made one-on-one contact with them, just like I really couldn't say much about Georgia until I went there. Here's the thing: Anyone can win a national championship. I am not wanting to go somewhere just because they won a national championship in the past. I want to be in a place that I can feel at home and that I can play football. They [Buckeyes] look good on paper and all, and they are the champions, but I don't lean toward somewhere based on that. There are a lot more factors that go into my decisions, and after I take an official visit there I can make that choice.

Summer school is over, it ended the last day of June so now I can really focus on football until school starts again. I really have a good feeling about this season for our team. Today is the last day the coaches will be out there with us on the field because of summer regulations, so we will be out there pushing ourselves for a while. Today they kind of prepared us for what we will be experiencing on Monday by ourselves. The captains, we feel pretty comfortable with that role, and I like that. Being out there without the coaches is sometimes good, we get to bond with each other and be forced to push each other. I think it makes you stronger as a team. But, the coaches have been around a while, so it will be good when they can come back out and help us, because with them, you are going to get better each time they help you with something.

It is hard to tell how far we are as a team right now, since we are just in summer practices. I have a good feeling, though. We have some great receivers and linebackers, and I think we are pretty well-rounded. We report a week before school starts for two-a-days like on the 15th or 16th. I can't wait until the week of the 11th, seriously. We get to put on the pads then, and that is what I work for all summer long, to get to that point. There is just something about wearing them that really gets you pumped up and ready for the season. The pads -- I really can't wait.

Stay tuned for more from Bobby as next time he tells about his trip to San Diego...
From the archives - Diary Entry #1:

Robert Reid 6-3, 220
North Shore (Houston, Texas)

Yet another talented Texan signal caller in what has to be one of the best years for quarterbacks the state has ever produced. With three of our top six and a few others from the state that still have a solid shot at making the EA SPORTS Elite 11, Texas is definitely the place to be when looking for a standout quarterback. Reid is big-time athlete with a great arm and a huge upside He reminds us a lot of Donovan McNabb athletically at the same stage.

As a junior, Reid threw for 1,485 yards and 13 touchdowns while also rushing for 776 yards and 16 more scores. He shows up very well on film boasting a strong arm, great escape-ability and can really run. He has clocked a 10.7 in the 100m and ran a 4.46 in the 40 while jumping 35 inches in the vertical at the Nike Camp in College Station (Texas).

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