For college football fans, it’s easy to view recruiting as something as simple as going down the recruiting services’ lists of four and five star prospects and finding those that either have interest in your favorite team or that play in a place that is a geographical pipeline for your favorite school.
However, if identifying prospects were that easy coaches wouldn’t spend nearly as much time watching prospect film and personally speaking with recruits, their families and their coaches before actually offering scholarships. Perhaps as much as anything else, at least at Notre Dame, whether or not a prospective recruit is a “good fit” is nearly as or even as important as his talent level. Brian Kelly defines those players as RKG’s (Right Kind of Guys).
Last week, Irish Sports Daily reported on a 2015 recruit that certainly seem to be Notre Dame material. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Sports Daily?
John Reid, CB, 5-10, 180, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia, PA currently holds over a dozen scholarship offers despite the fact that he’s yet to begin his junior season. Of course, the fact that he possessed two scholarship offers before even beginning his freshman season makes the other ones seem positively late. Reid received his first two offers from Boston College and Rutgers. Since then several schools have thrown their hat in the ring for the talented Pennsylvanian including Notre Dame. Reid’s high school head coach, Gabe Infante, knows exactly why his star has attracted so much attention.
“John puts everything together,” explained Infante. “You hear this with a lot of kids, but John is the perfect storm; everything from his inner drive, his professionalism—if I could say that—the way he goes about his business. Obviously, athletically he’s very, very gifted. He’s got the short speed and the long speed. He’s technically very sound. Fundamentally, I don’t think you’ll find a better kid than he is and where he’s at right now. He’s ultra-competitive. This will be his third season starting for us.”
Infante continued in his praise.
“He’s just a great young man; he’s a great kid to be around. He’s the type of kid you’d want your daughter to date. He’s the type of young man you’re proud to have in your program. He represents us very well and is just a great ambassador for our program.”
While Reid has been going through the recruiting process for three years now he’s in no hurry to make a decision, an approach that Infante encourages.
“We believe that committing early to a place, unless you’re committing to the institution itself, is probably not the smartest thing to do because guys move constantly. You have to be reassessing all of the time with how things are changing. I don’t foresee him committing and we don’t put a lot of pressure on that.”
Reid obviously won’t make it to South Bend this summer and, given St. Joseph’s schedule, will have very little time to take unofficial visits during the season. He does have one bye week and will probably take advantage of it to visit a school but Infante warns recruitniks not to read too much into where he visits.
“We play the toughest schedule in the state of Pennsylvania,” the head coach stated. “We open up in Texas and then we play Don Bosco in week two and then we play North Penn. We play a very, very difficult league schedule, so it’s tough. It’ll be tough for him. We have a bye week in week four where I try to encourage the kids to get out and see schools. I wouldn’t read too much into where he goes that weekend. I think it might be more what’s easy and accessible than where his interest is.”
Infante believes that wherever Reid ends up, that school will be getting not only a great player, but also a seasoned player and a great leader.
“You’re not getting your prototypical everyday, run of the mill high school football player,” Infante said. “You’re getting a kid that’s been raised in a program that when you get him, he knows how to travel, he knows how to compete at the highest level, he knows how to budget his time and get his grades done and he’s competed at the highest level you can compete at the high school level. When he gets to college, I’m not saying he can just walk right in and do it, but you’re getting a kid who’s very seasoned, very mature and has prepared as well as you can prepare a high school football player for college. John is right now the kid who is setting the tone for everybody else, but we’re full of young talent. It’s just starting for us in that regard.”
This summary represents just a sample of the Notre Dame football recruiting information available each week on Irish Sports Daily.