Sep 4, 2013
By: Christopher Miller
ohiobobcats.com Staff Writer
Every player's path to Ohio is unique. Jordan Reid is no exception. His recruitment was different from most high school football players. This difference can be attributed to the fact that Jordan did not play football during his sophomore and junior years in high school at Parkview High School, Georgia. Yet now, with limited football experience, Jordan is poised to step on the field for the Bobcat offense this season.
The fact that Reid only played his senior year did not matter to Offensive Coordinator Tim Albin who recruited Reid. Albin spoke highly of Reid.
"Jordan comes from a school that has a very rich football tradition," Albin said. "Parkview plays in the largest class in Georgia, which forced him to play against many top athletes each week. He is a very tough player with great ball skills and he has a huge upside with lots of potential."
Finding Jordan was like finding a diamond in the rough. Matt Henson, his high school position coach said in an interview with the Gwinnett Daily Post, "There was just a lot of polishing."
"I absolutely loved the campus on my visit," Reid said. "As far as the football goes, it is clear the coaching staff here at Ohio has turned the program around and they are doing exciting things. That is something I definitely wanted to be a part of."
Reid's parents share the same excitement that their son has about being able to play football at the collegiate level.
"My parents are absolutely thrilled that I am able to play football in college, but they are even more excited about the fact that I am getting a great education," Reid said. "Education was always the most important thing for my parents. They have always made sure that I worked hard not only on the field, but off the field as well."
Reid said playing away from home can be tough at times, but, luckily, Ohio football has taken notice of the strength of Gwinnett County football, which according to him is one of the toughest football counties in the country.
He is one of seven Georgians on the Ohio University football team (3 from Gwinnett, 2 from DeKalb, 1 each from Fulton and Cherokee counties). Reid commented that it is a luxury to have some fellow Georgians on the team.
"It's awesome having other players from Georgia here with me," Reid said. "It's nice for when you feel homesick; having a group like this gives you the feel of a `home away from home' right here in Athens."
With an invaluable redshirt year behind him, Reid has set high expectations for both the team and himself.
First and foremost he hopes the team can continue to improve and work well together as a unit, and if that happens, he believes the team can have a shot at winning a MAC Championship.
"We have all the talent, the key for us having success this year will depend on how well all work together as a team," Reid said. "If we are able to do that, there's no telling what we can accomplish."
Reid added, "Coach Albin is an outstanding coach who is always pushing us to be our best on and off the field. And Coach Dixon treats you like family, but at the same time, he knows how to push you to do better."
As Reid and the rest of the Bobcats and the team gets ready to take on North Texas this Saturday night on ESPN3, Albin is confident Reid will have an impact and live up to the team motto: Finish, No Regrets!