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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Reid to FSU

It was rumored Florida State was his favorite a few weeks ago. As it turned out, the rumors were true.

Greg Reid committed to Florida State on Tuesday night, putting an end to the mystery for one of Georgia's biggest targets.

We'll have more at Macon.com shortly.

UPDATE: Some notes from the story at Macon.com...

The Lowndes Vikings' star made the announcement at 7:15 p.m. on the WinnersvilleSports.com Radio Report hosted by Mike Davis on Talk 92.1 FM in Valdosta. The announcement was made in front of a packed house at Austin's Cattle Company, a local restaurant.

"(Florida State) felt right for me," Reid said. "They want to win. It felt like it was the right place for me. A lot of coaches were talking about different stuff, like me starting and playing... Florida State basically did the same thing, but they talked about winning."

Reid narrowed down his choices to Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and Miami (Fla.). On the show, he began taking hats off the table one-by-one every few minutes, narrowed the hats down to Georgia and Florida State, then put on the Florida State hat after teasing the crowd by almost putting on the UGA hat.

"It was the toughest decision I've ever made," Reid said. "I hope none of the coaches at Georgia or Alabama are mad at me. All five schools were real good, but I had to make the best decision for me."

Reid said on Monday night he was 100 percent sure he was going to sign with Alabama, but after talking to his family, he decided it would be best to stay closer to home. He said he called Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher about five minutes before he showed up to the radio show to tell him that he would be going to Florida State.

It was an emotional decision that went down to the wire, and Reid appeared to be thankful to have the whole process over with as soon as he announced his decision. Immediately after putting on the FSU hat, Reid embraced fellow Lowndes star Gerald Demps, who was on the stage with him. Demps, a safety, will also be attending FSU.

"(Florida State) said when I went down there that they've never had two Lowndes County boys, so we're going to show them what it's about," Reid said.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, I hope he goes 4-0 against UF.

Jeff said...

Is it me or is Richt and Garner the worst last-day closers in the SEC? I might be overreacting with this Reid decision, but it seems in years past (and now this year) any high profile "undecided" recruit that waits 'til signing day does NOT sign with GA. Am I wrong?

BCSAV said...
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BCSAV said...

Well almost every year since Richt's arival Georgia has had pretty much all the hay in the barn come signing day. So it hasn't been as much not closing the deal as it is just being done. This year is different. Missing on Reid hurts, because of all the guys left on the radar the only ones I think we have a legit shot at are Brown and Charles. It will be a disappointing end to recruiting season if we don't pick up atleast 2 more highly touted guys.

David Hale said...

Coincidentally, ESPN's Chris Low has a blog post up today in which he calls Garner the best closer in the SEC.

Carter said...

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing.

Carter said...

Put. That coffee. Down.

Coffee's for closers only.

SRQDawgs15 said...

Yeah it sucks we didn't get Reid but at least he still isn't going to UF. He said he only decided 10 minutes before he announced and his mom was wearing red and black. Does anyone think he could flip-flop and sign with us tomorrow anyway? As for UGA not closing well, I don't think that is the case at all. Look at the guys UF and USC have "committed" that are not solid and could sign elsewhere. When you recruit the top guys it kind of comes with the territory, but you don't hear as much of that about the UGA commits. I think a lot of the thinking that we don't finish well stems from Dwayne Allen last year, but people forget we got AJ Harmon from Clemson in a surprise too and from everything I read we would have had Omar Hunter if we had a scholly available/knew about Allen earlier. Go Dawgs and good luck to Greg Reid!

DawgCPA said...
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DawgCPA said...

Let's also not forget that many of the late committers are likely to be those who would not have been accepted into Georgia. Unfortunately, more and more of the best athletes do not qualify academically, at least not under the University's standards. Look at the seemingly endless list of recruits who have been offered by all the other usual suspects, UF, LSU, USC, UT, etc, etc. We simply have higher academic standards. Honestly though, is that such a bad thing? I don't think so.

Will Q said...

Hey, it hurts, but at least he didn't go to a conference opponent. Plus, he downright scorned Florida, so he's all right in my book.