Coach: Terps running back commitment Albert Reid is 'a complete back'
January 12, 2012|By Matt Bracken | The Baltimore Sun
One week after Maryland landed Good Counsel’s Wes Brown, the Terps picked up another highly touted local running back.
Albert Reid, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior from Friendship Collegiate (D.C.), committed to the Terps on Thursday morning.
“I would say after [Reid’s December] visit [to College Park], he felt good” about Maryland, said Friendship Collegiate coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. “The more he learned about the academics and the more he learned about the depth chart, the more he liked it.”
Reid committed to West Virginia over the summer but withdrew his pledge to the Mountaineers last month. He also considered offers from Iowa and Vanderbilt before deciding on the Terps.
“I think he fits into any type of offense,” Abdul-Rahim said. “He’s thick enough where he can be a power runner even though he’s 190, or [he can be] an edge runner, spread guy as well. I think his versatility is a plus. I don’t think he has a lot of weakness. I think he’s the complete back.”
Abdul-Rahim said Reid, the D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year, will be able to attend team meetings during Maryland’s spring practice. The Knights coach thinks Reid, a three-star prospect and the No. 58 running back nationally, should flourish under new Terps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.
“Mike Locksley has a track record of doing really good things with pretty quality backs,” Abdul-Rahim said. “At Illinois he had a string of backs that went to the NFL – Pierre Thomas, Rashard Mendenhall, Mikel Leshoure. So it’s not all passing – he respects the running game as well.”
Maryland’s running back depth chart appears to be wide open in 2012, with Davin Meggett graduated, D.J. Adams having transferred to Portland State and Jeremiah Wilson having transferred to James Madison. Sophomore Justus Pickett and redshirt freshman Brandon Ross will be back, while Reid, Good Counsel’s Brown, Gilman’s Kenneth Goins and Linganore’s Joe Riddle will join the competition.
“I think [Reid] has an opportunity,” Abdul-Rahim said. “He has to do what he has to do in the weight room and prepare for the season. But it’s definitely open coming in with a new offensive coordinator. It’s not like there are [lots of running backs] coming back and someone has a leg up.”