Varsity Preps

John Reid – St. Joe’s Prep (PA) – Cornerback – Class of 2015

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Name: John Reid
Position(s): Cornerback, Wide Receiver, Running Back
Height and Weight: 5’10″, 175 pounds
2012 Stats of Note: 5 Interceptions

It’s not too often that freshman receive scholarship offers from BCS schools after their freshman year, but St. Joseph’s Prep’s John Reid bucked that trend. Reid earned his reputation as a lock-down corner only after one year of starting at cornerback for perennial state-title contender St. Joseph’s Prep in Pennsylvania. Advanced beyond years, Reid, now a sophomore, is considered one of the best cornerbacks in his class (2015) and is already one of the best in the state of Pennsylvania. Reid currently has offers from Rutgers, Boston College, Maryland, Central Florida, Temple, and Penn State.

Simply put, Reid has the potential to become an all-around great defensive back at the next level. Reid is excellent in man-to-man coverage because of he has great technique. Reid is physical at the line of scrimmage, something that most high school wide receivers have a problem dealing with most of the time. Reid has nice hips and has no problem changing directions. Reid also has great speed and there’s not too many wideouts that can run past the talented cornerback. Reid ended the 2012 season with five interceptions and was named to several post-season all-star teams including: Pennsylvania Sportswriter’s 1st team defensive back, Philadelphia Catholic League AAAA 1st Team Defensive Back, and the Max-Preps All-Sophomore All-American team.

Reid also plays running back and wide receiver, but is being recruited primarily at cornerback at the next level. “I’m looking for a school that has a great education, great environment, and a coaching staff that I know will make me the best player I can be,” said Reid. He’s garnered a lot of attention to be only a sophomore, but Reid isn’t satisfied just yet. “I’m always trying to get better. I’m never satisfied with my performance. I’m always trying to get better. I think my strengths are that I’m really coachable and I’m always looking at whatever film or books that I can find to help improve me not only as a player, but as a person.”

Reid is not sure of what camps he may attend over the summer, mentioning Rutgers and Penn State as possible destinations later this spring. In the meantime, Reid is definitely working on his game. “I’m working on everything,” said Reid. He added, “You can never be good at anything. I’m going to continue working on even the smallest things I can find in my game to improve upon. I’m always in the weight room so that I can improve my strength.”

CLEEZY’S Extra Point: Reid has it all at the cornerback position and the scary thing is that he has two more years to improve as a player. A product of the Philly Football Skills Academy, Reid has earned his reputation as a premiere cornerback in Pennsylvania. Reid will probably be more involved on the offensive side of the ball as well, but there’s no doubt his meal-ticket is at the cornerback position. The only questions are how much he will improve and how many more BCS offers will he rack up in the next two years. Below are some highlights from his 2012 season.


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