D.J. Reid commits to Virginia Tech

According to JC Shurburtt, running back/athlete Daniel Reid committed to Virginia Tech this evening. Reid held offers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and USF (his finalist along with Tech) among others.

Here's a good feature on Reid from the Chesterfield Observer.

"It's like he's gliding – big, long strides and great hips," Tucker described.

Combing speed, toughness and elusiveness, he rambled for 215 yards vs. Matoaca, 190 vs. Colonial Heights and 187 vs. Meadowbrook in Dale's district-clinching victory.

"I think of myself as a slasher," said Reid. "The big thing, though, is vision – seeing the field … vision is the difference between a 15- yard gain and getting into the end zone."

Thomas Dale coach Kevin Tucker compared him favorably to Ken Oxendine.

"He [Reid] runs like Rudi Johnson, but he's got the size of Ken Oxendine," said Thomas Dale head coach Kevin Tucker. "That's the best of both worlds, especially when you see how this kid moves."

Reid's 'moves' include 4.39 40-yard dash, great agility and a much improved power game under the guidance of running back coach Henry Jefferson, who coached Johnson extensively during his time at Thomas Dale. Reid also credits learning a better power game to now Hampton Pirate Lorenzo Fields, who shared carries with Reid last season.

"He [Reid] is a freak of nature," said Thomas Dale quarterback John Ford. "In practice it seems like one minute I'm handing him off the ball, he's getting hit, and a blink later he's in the end zone."

Welcome to HokieNation D.J.!




Hometown Boy

I used to live near Thomas Dale! Nice!


Tech is running out of scholarships to offer, however this was one they really wanted. He is athletic, fast, good frame, and local. My kind of pickup. I like the fact that everyone talks about his intangibles; power and speed, things you just cant teach. Cant wait to see who emerges as our top tailback next year; will it be Edmunds? Coleman? Harris? We show alot of promise. After seeing this commit and reading the recent posts on Derrick Green, I think we can pretty much close the book on tabbing the #1 rivals running back out of Richmond. Lets just hope we can hang onto Holland Fisher. He's going to Alabama this weekend and Ohio State later in the year. What's up with other coaches tampering with our verbals? Isnt that an unspoken rule? Its almost like someone messing with your girl after she's made public she's with you. Not kosher.

If it ain't orange, it better be maroon...and if it ain't maroon, it better be soon!

Yup, Reid's commitment means Derrick Green is going elsewhere. He's a terrific player too, but Drew Harris is that workhorse back, Edmunds too, Reid brings something different to the table, so in the end we might be better off.

Beamer Co. will continue to recruit a player as long as the player wants to be recruited. We kept recruiting Jamieon Moss after he verbaled too ECU. I hope we hold onto Fisher because he's a terrific talent. A lot of times kids will take their visits because they're there to take, like Caleb last year.

I don't understand the impact on Green

Evan Watkins said the same thing, that with Reid, we're done with Green. I understand that we probably weren't going to get Green anyway, but he's a totally different player than Reid. I could understand shutting down the recruitment of Green if we landed Harris, who is a very similar player, but Reid is a slash back.

I hope we keep the same effort on Green. I've always thought the longer he takes, the more likely we will be to stay in it. It's always nice to have a local option on the table in January, so when Grandma says at Christmas, "Derrick, I'm getting old and I don't want to have to fly to Ann Arbor to see you play..." then you're in.

I really like Reid, he looks like a Brandon Ore clone to me. Good complement to Harris and JCC.

I could be wrong

but I don't think the issue is us shutting down Green's recruitment. I think it's that Green did not want to go to a team with a lot of top RB talent. We're already loaded with last year's class so bringing in Reid kind of shuts the book, especially since we were somewhat behind already.

Wow, that seems odd...

...for the #1 RB in the country to care about competition.

Do we really have more competition than Michigan, Clemson and Auburn?

When I first heard of his intentions to transfer, I thought that there was no chance of Fuente being interested. But then Edmunds transferred and we still really don't know how healthy Williams and Shai are. I still doubt he ends up a Hokie, but I wouldn't be surprised if Fuente gave him a call at least now. I know his college career hasn't been as good as expected, but we still need a legit number 2 back behind McMillian, and as of now we might not have that (assuming that Shai and Williams aren't healthy enough yet and that McClease is still developing.)

In Sam Rogers we trust.

I've never seen him play, but he certainly looks (from that picture) the part of the bruising short-yardage back we could count on for 3rd-and-short or goal line situations to replace Edmunds. My gosh, his biceps are bigger than my (substantial) head.

I like the RB's we have, but given McMillian's size and Marshawn's and Shai's injury history, I don't know how comfortable I am with those guys in a 3rd and goal from the 2 situation. I hope Coach Fu's already given this kid a call.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

That's why we have Peoples. He is designed to be a quality short yard and goal line back. Not sure we need another back just for the sake of having another Back

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Forgot about him...and of course Sam Freaking Rogers. Shame on me!

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

I kept reading this chain in the hopes that someone would remember that we have Sam...

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

I just keep forgetting he's got another year. For some reason I spent most of the last season thinking he was a senior.

But then again, you can never have too many RB's (as long as Lefty/LilBeams aren't in charge). If we have schollies available, it still wouldn't be a bad idea to give this guy a call. Since he has only 1 year of eligibility left, it's not like we're tying up a scholarship that could be used in the 2017 recruiting cycle.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

While I get what you are saying, I don't see him being better than the backs we have. I would rather give that scholarship to a walk on who has busted his tail for this team.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

With all deference to Mr. Rogers, I would highly recommend we consider ourselves lucky to have Mr. Peoples. I think we stole one there, and wouldn't be a bit surprised to see him as a solid contributer for several years to come.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

I'm glad you did bring this thread back up simply to gaze into the past when we talked about Drew Harris without sarcasm.

Cant wait to see who emerges as our top tailback next year; will it be Edmunds? Coleman? Harris? We show alot of promise

Very interesting. I've been rooting for Green since his days at Hermitage in RVA. My high school has produced a bunch of solid college players since I went there. Duane Brown & Alonzo Tweedy at VT, Fontel Mines at UVA, Curtis Grant at Ohio State...

I remember watching him while I was home for Thanksgiving one year and thinking he was going to be a stud. While his career at Michigan certainly hasn't gone like many anticipated, maybe he's hoping he can finish out his college career closer to home. Who knows?

Man with all the talk about guys that didn't pan out over the past several years this really hits home. Reid, Harris, Edmunds (kind of), Fisher, and Caleb. I mean obviously there has been coaching mistakes made but we honestly have had some crappy luck over the past several years too.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

all indications are that fisher is very solid to VT .. he promised bama and tOSU officials after they offered and he's gonna make good on them. i'm sure they'll throw everything under the sink at him but i'm not worried about losing him, to be honest. the only way i see that happening is if he is unable at VT but can at bama. you never know but not too worried. he and a few current hokies (and future hokies) are very tight (caleb, jefferson, to name a few).

great news on dj .. he's a great catch. no chance we get green now (which is ok). sounds like hamilton is the big fish to catch now (and we're still after dorian johnson -- but not gonna happen). it's nice that they've been able to mainly focus on 2014 recruiting (as far as recruiting goes) since early summer. it's a monster of a class with some HUGE prospects and needs full attention.

to add -- trey edmunds needs to be moved back to LB ... now

Evan also said Wright is expected to move to LB

I forgot all about him, but he's an exciting prospect.

Mike: Edmunds/Wright/Moss
Backer: Clarke/McKinnon/Motu'
Whip: Vandyke/Vandyke/Shegog

LOL, this is funny....3 years later.

Edmunds was never moved to LB, nor was Wright. Moss has stayed a Backer.
Clarke was a solid player at Backer, but McKinnon hasn't really contributed. Motu is at Mike.
One Vandyke had a starcrossed career, the other didn't even get the career part. Shegog looks good.

Self reminder: whatever you think might happen, won't.

Wow, I feel like Derrick Green was a prospect 15 years ago. Bah...it's offseason boring time so...

I remember sitting at the bar in Catch 31 at the VB oceanfront one afternoon, yakking with a guy about college football and recruiting, when Derrick Green came up. I remember saying that there was NO way a guy that size ran a 4.5 40, and that he was over rated as a a 5 star. "Maybe...MAYBE, he runs a 4.6", I said.

So this guy gives me a little smirk, pulls out his phone and says, "You don't know what you're talking about. He runs a 4.5. Let's call his Dad and ask!"

Sure enough, he quickly has Derrick Green's Dad on the line, and is about to make me out for the chump in this friendly little barbuzzed tit for tat. Turns out, the guy is best buds with Green's Dad, and came to VB for some weekend down time. But then Dad (to his credit, and my new bar pal's chagrin) admits that the best he ran was a 4.6.

Ahem. Anyway...

The Green recruitment always interested me, mostly because I wanted him at VT and felt the pangs of being jilted, though in reality, he never considered us at all, so "jilted" wasn't even in play here. Yeah, OK, so I'm prone to get the emotional sour grapes syndrome, just because I love VT and I think all VA HS kids should , too... s/...
But I also get the totally logical "If I can play anywhere, I will look everywhere" opportunity kids like Green get, and can admit that Michigan is one hell of a diploma. So no hard feelings.

Derrick, Derrick's Dad, and bar guy, if you are out there...I'm ready for a feel good prodigal son ending here.

A picture is worth a thousand words. A gif is worth a million.

Jim Cavanaugh's concern was that Green would eat himself into being a guard, not a running back.