Albert Reid talks official to Vanderbilt

Washington D.C.'s Gatorade Player of the Year, Albert Reid, was in Nashville during the weekend with his father for an official visit to Vanderbilt University. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back from Friendship Collegiate Academy, who is currently committed to West Virginia, enjoyed his trip to the Music City. Learn more about his comments here...


"When I was touring the campus," said Albert Reid, "I had a good felling. I liked being around the coaches and the players. Nashville's a nice city. Everybody's out doing things, so it's similar to D.C."

Reid, an All-D.C. Metro senior during his senior year, rushed for 1,705 on 225 carries for an average of 7.6 yards-per-carry with 17 touchdowns in 10 games. The Vanderbilt coaches see him as the big back they need to diversify their offense.

"Meeting Coach Franklin was great," Reid said. "I talked a lot with Coach (Beatty) who I have a good relationship with. They basically told me they're trying to get the program recognized as one of the top schools in the whole SEC. I would fit in the offense as the bigger back to complement the other guy they have coming in."

Reid said senior Udom Umoh and freshman Josh Grady both acted as player/host on his visit to campus. He's been impressed with the Commodore team after seeing them on TV throughout the season.

"They're definitely a team on the come-up," said Reid on Vanderbilt's progress. "They came very close to beating a lot of top schools. That shows the impact James Franklin has had on the team in his first season."

Reid committed to West Virginia back in June. It's interesting to note, Chris Beatty was the running backs coach for West Virginia before joining Franklin's staff in January.

"I'm probably going to wait until signing day to make my final decision," said Reid. "I'm still committed to West Virginia. I'm considering taking an official visit to Iowa, and possibly Maryland.

"I want to play in an offense that runs the ball. I'm also going to look at the depth chart, quality of education, and how strong my bond is with the coaches."

After a 9-1 season at Friendship Collegiate, Reid is busy working out and preparing for track season. He'll play for the South on December 30th in the 2011 Cheaspeake Bowl featuring all-stars from Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Reid wore No. 5 for the Knights who feature one of the nation's top talents in defensive lineman Eddie Goldman. However, it was Reid who was recognized as The District's Player of the Year.

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