Jamal Reid on UF: No offer, no interest


Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 6:05 p.m.

Lafayette senior defensive back/receiver Jamal Reid has added a late official visit, but it isn't to UF.

The longtime Miami commitment said he will take a trip to Mississippi State on Wednesday and Thursday before making one final visit to Coral Gables over the weekend.

He said his commitment to the Hurricanes is now between "75 and 85 percent," and he said he is looking forward to both trips.

Reid said he got a voicemail from Florida coaches not long ago, but didn't respond because UF has yet to offer a scholarship. And with National Signing Day one week away Reid said he needed to finalize his decision, and "I can't be worrying about anyone who hasn't offered me." He also confirmed he doesn't consider UF in the running for his services.

The Bulldogs came into the picture very recently and are getting a serious look from Reid largely because he had a previous relationship with assistant coach John Hevesy, who was recruiting Reid for the Gators before following former UF offensive coordinator Dan Mullen to MSU.

Mullen, now the Bulldogs' head coach, was in Mayo with MSU assistant Melvin Smith on Monday to visit with Reid, the Sun's 2008 small-school player of the year.

The coaches told Reid they want him to play free safety and added there are only two scholarship safeties on the MSU roster, so early playing time is a good possibility. Miami, meanwhile, likes the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Reid first as a cornerback, but the 'Canes also would consider moving him to safety.

Regardless of the late push by Mississippi State, Reid, who also recently got an in-home visit from Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon, said there is a lot of ground to make up.

"If the visit (to Miami) goes well, I'll stay with them," Reid said.

As a senior Reid recorded 68 tackles and six interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He also caught 49 passes for 1,224 yards and 17 touchdowns en route to being named first team all-state in Class 1A.

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