All Hail Locksley.
After getting a commitment from four-star running back Wes Brown at the Under Armour All-American game, the “keep local talent local” movement is continuing, as Maryland picked up a commitment from three/four-star running back/athlete Albert Reid, from Friendship Collegiate Academy in DC.
Reid, who stands at 5’11” and 195 pounds, was previously a West Virginia commit who only recently decommitted and was not considering the Terps at all – until they hired new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. Now, Maryland has added one of the best athletes in the DC area, and he will either provide a speed back to Brown’s power game or additional depth at cornerback.
Reid is rated as a three-star athlete by Rivals, and the third best player in the District. Scout rates him as a four-star running back (the 25th-best back in the country), and ESPN ranks him as a four-star athlete.
Just like Wes Brown’s commitment was important with Maryland’s status of a five-star teammate (Stefon Diggs), Reid has a superstar teammate of his own – defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (and 2014 stud Jalen Tabor, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves). Goldman is the second-best player in the country according to Rivals, and the Terps’ stock with him reportedly continues to rise. He would be a program-changing get (as would Diggs), and getting commitments from teammates can only help.
Let’s look at some tape of Reid after the jump:
He’s got a lot of speed, which was to be expected if he was going to West Virginia. He’s got great agility as well, and makes some impressive cuts downfield.
Going into next year, Maryland has Justus Pickett, Brandon Ross, Wes Brown, and now Reid at running back (we’re assuming Joe Riddle, Abner Logan and Isaac Goins will end up at other positions). Pickett is the only one of those four with game-experience, and because of that he’s the favorite to enter the season as the starter. By the end of the year, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a three-man rotation with Brown, Reid and Pickett. Don’t forget – even with his struggles at times last year, Pickett was a highly-touted recruit coming out of North Carolina last season, almost at the level of Reid.
Reid is a great get for Maryland. He’s a top local talent, fills a need depth-wise, and is a great complement to Wes Brown for the present and future, not to mention the teammates he has at Friendship. Like we said, All Hail Locksley.