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."
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