Valdosta Daily Times

Local Sports

August 14, 2012

Accepted at VSU

Greg Reid could enroll in classes, join Blazers soon

VALDOSTA — Less than two weeks after being dismissed from the Florida State football team, Greg Reid has found a new school — and, it seems, a new football team.

Reid, the two-time Region 1-AAAAA Player of the Year for the Lowndes Vikings, was accepted to Valdosta State University Monday, according to school athletic officials.

With his acceptance to the university, Reid may now enroll in classes at VSU and then begin football activities with the Blazer football team. As of Monday night, Reid had not yet enrolled in classes, and it is unclear if Reid will enroll in classes today, but when he does, he will practice with the team, which holds a single practice today at 3:30 p.m.

Mandated by the NCAA, Reid will have to endure an acclimation period into pads before he can practice in full pads with the Blazers. If he is unable to practice today, Reid will be unavailable for contact for Saturday’s first of two Blazer pre-season scrimmages.

Regardless, Reid seems committed to his new school and team. Before going out to the practice field and watching his potential new team practice on Monday night, Reid tweeted a picture of himself wearing a Valdosta State football T-shirt to his 11,700-plus followers. He also thanked the Florida State fans for their support and encouraged those fans to attend Valdosta State home games at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. Reid’s new teammates seemed to welcome his addition to the team, too. Several players took to their Twitter pages to welcome the former five-star prospect to the team.

A three-year starter for the Seminoles, Reid will add to what is an already deep roster and a deep defense at Valdosta State, not to mention what he will bring to the special teams. Reid will likely start opposite of preseason All-American Matt Pierce at cornerback, with last year’s starter Alex Webster rotating in along with Dominique Wheeler.

A special teams standout since his freshman season with the Seminoles, Reid will surely be a weapon in the punt return game for the Blazers. Before being dismissed from the Seminoles by head coach Jimbo Fisher earlier this month, Reid was preparing for his fourth season as the ’Noles’ punt returner. He needed just 312 yards to break the school’s all-time punt return record, held by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.

With much athletic ability and talent on the field, Reid has been hampered by a string of off-the-field issues, including an arrest in Lowndes County in early July. The charges against Reid (driving on a suspended license and possession of marijuana) are still pending, and he will be arraigned in September at a Lowndes County courthouse. He was also arrested for lying to Tallahassee police last September, but those charges were later dropped. He served an unrelated one-game suspension for the Seminoles last season.

For more information on the Blazers, visit www.blazersportsbeat.com and follow Ed_Hooper on Twitter.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Former Blazer Kugbila out for season

    Now, after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury, this signals another hardship for the promising guard.

    July 25, 2014

  • LHS baseball signing Two Lowndes grads sign scholarships

    Lowndes graduates Henry Hoff and Nick Higginbotham decided to take the next step in their respective baseball careers together on Thursday as both signed a letter-of-intent with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 150723-Lowndes_Brooks5.jpg Winding Down

    In its final 7-on-7 test of the summer, Randy McPherson was pleased with how the Lowndes football team looked Wednesday morning.
    Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman, on the other hand, was worried about the kind of hole the Trojans would have dug for themselves at Martin Stadium against the Vikings and Lafayette (Fla.) had it been a real game.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Grable signs with Tampa Bay

    Another former Valdosta State football player joined the ranks of the National Football League when linebacker Jeremy Grable signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday morning.

    July 23, 2014

  • MaryAlice.jpg Just Keep Running

    Forrest Gump once said, "I used to run to get to where I was going, but I never thought it would take me anywhere." In the case of 18 year-old Mary Alice Smoot, anywhere is Tampa, Fla.
    After four years of unparalleled success running cross-country at Valwood, Smoot will continue running competitively next season at the University of Tampa.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10U ELITE World Series Champs.jpg DKSA Elite win USSSA Global World Series

    DKSA ELITE just continues to win, the 10U team’s latest victory came in the USSSA Global World Series held in Destin, Fla. July 8-12.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lowndes_McPherson.jpg Milestones on tap for upcoming season

    Some milestones are destined to occur, like when Georgia Christian hosts David Emanuel on Aug. 22 in the Generals’ first varsity football game since the late 1960s.
    Others will have to wait and see what continues to take shape come Friday when teams can begin fall practice, and especially Aug. 1 when teams can suit up in pads for the first time, such as can Valdosta win its record 24th state title, or can Lowndes capture its fourth state championship under Randy McPherson, or can Valwood and coach Ashley Henderson play in its third straight GISA state championship game?
    As we start to find out the answers to those questions in just a few short weeks — the regular season is just 31 days away — there should be a few more milestones for area coaches to mark 2014 right along with the Generals getting back on the gridiron.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACC_Jimbo.jpg Back on top

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACC_Petrino.jpg Petrino returns to Louisville for first ACC season

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Braves_Marlins JUpton.jpg Jones lifts Marlins past Braves in 10

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Blazers Blog
More