Rated: Reid is rated a four-star prospect, and ranked the No. 14 cornerback and the No. 112 prospect in Scout’s 2015 class.
On Film: There may not be a prospect in the 2015 class I’ve seen in person more than Reid. He was known on the recruiting scene before his high school career when he landed offers from Boston College and Rutgers.
Reid, who is 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, does so many things well, and is a standout at receiver as well. However, he was recruited to play cornerback, and is one of the top ones in the nation for a variety of reasons.
He is athletic, is fluid in the hips, accelerates well, reads plays well, has good ball skills, can run with receivers, is comfortable blizting and playing near the line of scrimmage in the running game and he changes direction well.
And did we mention he loves watching film?
About the only things for Reid to improve upon are getting stronger and being more comfortable jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage. He can do it, but a lot of times he chooses to turn and run with them instead, which is something that could be dangerous in college because of the size and strength of the receivers, and the “picks” that magically appear in many routes.
When looking at particulars of his junior tape (below) at Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep, a few plays highlight his talent and high level of play.
At the 1:18 mark, he’s ability to attack the line of scrimmage is wonderful. He accelerates at the snap, recognizes the play, takes on the blocker, changes direction seamlessly, sheds the block and makes the tackle.
At the 1:30 mark, Reid covers in the slot (he can also cover wide), opens his hips and runs with the receiver. He does a tremendous job of reading the receiver and breaking up the play without even looking back at the quarterback.
When it comes to play recognition and driving on the ball, look at the 1:56 mark. The quarterback is looking all over the field, then settles on Reid’s side. He sees it, and drives on the ball well for what looks like an easy pass breakup but is anything but that.
Finally, at the 2:08 mark, watch how Reid accelerates after the catch to pull away from the defensive backs. The play was the pivotal point of the state title game win against Pittsburgh Central Catholic, and shows his big-play ability.
Recruiting Impact: Getting Reid is a tremendous job by the staff, especially since a few months ago he wasn’t giving the Nittany Lions as hard a look as he was other schools. Penn State had to come from a pretty good distance behind other schools to land him, and did a tremendous job getting him, which speaks to the dynamic ability of the entire coaching staff to recruit.
As for impacting the 2015 class, it means Penn State got its top in-state target again, and gives the Nittany Lions three good cornerbacks in the class.
Reid joins Parlin (N.J.) Sayreville’s Myles Hartsfield and Washington (D.C.) St. John’s College’s Ayron Monroe as cornerbacks in the class, although Hartsfield also has the ability to move to free safety or play on offense, and Monroe could move to safety or even bulk up and move down to linebacker.
It also leaves Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley four-star cornerback Jordan Whitehead as the lone cornerback on the board, and the Nittany Lions should know in two months where they stand with him. Whitehead is also considering West Virginia, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Alabama, and a decision is due Oct. 3.
Quotable: “I was able to tell the enthusiasm that coach (James) Franklin had for the entire program, which is exciting. He's bringing a lot of recruits in and they all love it up there. I've always like Penn State, though. I just like the campus and like I've always said, I have a lot of friends up there, so I always liked it from that aspect."
Final Thought: There is no way to understate how much I love this pickup for Penn State. They are getting a high-quality player, and a higher-quality person. Reid not only tutors teammates on the field, he helps them academically off it. He needs to become more physical as a player, but he is the rare type of talent at cornerback who could play a significant role as a freshman in many programs, and since Penn State needs to replenish depth in its secondary, look for him to play early.