Just weeks after withdrawing his verbal commitment from Florida, Greg Reid announced that he will play for Florida State. Knife, meet Florida's back.
Reid made the announcement during a radio show Tuesday night on the eve of national signing day. ... "It felt like it was the right place for me," Reid said.
The highly-touted defensive back cited several reasons why Florida State won out over his other potential college choices -- schools like Alabama, Georgia and, of course, Florida:
Reid had said there were three things he liked more about FSU than the other schools: 1) Early playing time, with the chance to start as a freshman; 2) Closest to home for family and friends to watch him play, with Tallahassee only 85 miles away, while Athens at 240 and Tuscaloosa, Ala., at 380; 3) Playing alongside his high school teammate, Gerald Demps, who is also committed to FSU.
Reid won the Atlanta Journal-Constituion's state Player of the Year award for Georgia this season. He's almost a lock to see time immediately on FSU's secondary and special teams units.
In addition to dominating as a cornerback, Reid showed his athleticism off as a running back at Valdosta's Lowndes High, rushing for 1,242 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. Rivals.com ranks Reid as a five-star prospect, the fourth-best corner in the recruiting class of 2009 and the 27th-best player overall.
As Florida State tries to regain some of its AWOL prominence, landing a guy like Reid becomes huge -- not only because of the caliber of player he is, but anytime the Noles take down Florida and other big-name Southern schools in a recruiting battle, it only helps their national reputation.