June 23, 2011

WVU Commitment No. 8 Finds Home

West Virginia continued it's momentum on the recruiting trail when a running back from Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.) became the eighth pledge in the class of 2012.

Albert Reid, 5-foot-10, 193-pound tailback had no intentions of making a commitment coming into his first trip to Morgantown Thursday afternoon, but by the end of the unofficial visit the talented runner had seen all he needed to see.

"I just committed because it was a second home. I feel comfortable up there. I like the offense they run and I feel myself fitting in really good," he said. "I just felt like it was home."

"When I got there I just knew this is where I wanted to be," he said. "I just felt this is where I am supposed to be for the next four years after high school."

Reid informed Head Coach Dana Holgorsen, Running Backs Coach Robert Gillespie, Wide Receivers Coach Daron Roberts at the end of the meeting and the room was full of excitement.

"I told them this is where I want to commit and this is where I want to be," he said. "Everyone was really excited."

Reid selected the Mountaineers over offers from Iowa, Cincinnati, Colorado, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Duke, among others.

The relationship the rising senior has built with the coaching staff in the past couple weeks played a pivotal role in securing the speedsters commitment.

"A couple days ago they wanted to talk to my parents and they got to know my mother and father," he said. "I really like them all. They are great coaches and they make you feel at home."

During the visit, Reid had the opportunity to tour the campus and the facilities and was impressed with everything he saw during the trip.

"It was real nice. I expected it to be less than that but I loved it," he said.

Reid also was excited about the Mountaineers offensive scheme and how his running style fits into the air raid system.

"I see myself playing as soon as I get up there. It's a spread offense, but it features a lot of straight forward running and it fits me well," he said.

Reid calls his commitment solid and does not anticipate changing his mind and will now turn his focus to his senior season.

"It's home," he said.

Reid reports a 3.3 GPA in the classroom and anticipates no trouble qualifying.

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