Recruiting notes: Reid attracting top programs

St. Joseph's Prep's John Reid tries to break free from the grasp of a Wood defender in the third quarter.
St. Joseph's Prep's John Reid tries to break free from the grasp of a Wood defender in the third quarter.
Posted: April 07, 2014

John Reid never bit on the gadget play. He was too seasoned for that.

The St. Joseph's Prep cornerback reached behind him and snatched the interception with his right hand. La Salle picked the wrong guy last season to trick with a flea flicker.

He was just a junior, but Reid was already a captain for the football power. And plays such as that have grabbed the attention of premier college programs. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder has scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Penn State, and many others.

Reid took unofficial visits last weekend to Notre Dame and Michigan State. He has been to Alabama a few times and has made trips to Penn State, Maryland, and West Virginia. He will travel to Michigan this summer with his team.

"It's a blessing," said Reid, who doubles as a receiver. "I'm grateful for it, and that's the way I've always taken it."

A four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Reid is ranked as the state's second-best player in the Class of 2015. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds and squats 440 pounds, almost 21/2 times his body weight.

Away from the field, the powerful football player calls himself a "computer nerd." He wants to pursue a degree in computer science. Reid plays the video game World of Warcraft. He rebuilds hard drives to increase the computer's speed and keep pace with the best players. It is the competitive aspect of video gaming that reminds Reid of football.

"My close friends know that I play, but a lot of people would be surprised that I do," Reid said.

Another for Miller. Frankford junior defensive end Shareef Miller added a scholarship offer Wednesday morning from Syracuse. The 6-5, 230-pounder also has offers from Penn State, Temple, Rutgers, Oregon, Arizona State, and Virginia, among others.

Offer for Bonner. Imhotep Charter junior running back Nasir Bonner picked up an offer Monday from Wake Forest. That joins offers from Wisconsin, Rutgers, Arizona State, West Virginia, and others.

The 5-10, 180-pound Bonner is a three-star recruit, according to Rivals, and the state's No. 3 running back in the Class of 2015.

Taylor plans visit. Martin Luther King basketball player Jahmir Taylor plans to take official visits to Hampton and Fairfield this month. He will visit Hampton on April 12. Fairfield likely will be the following weekend.

The 6-8 senior forward helped King win the Public League title this season, averaging 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Last week, he won the Phoenix Award, given annually to the Public League's top senior boys' basketball player.


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