Davison (Mich.) running back Tariq Reid, a junior in his first season with the school, is off to a quick start on the field this year. His recruitment is picking up with similar quickness.
Over the past two seasons, Reid starred in the backfield for Burton’s Atherton High School, where he put a spotlight on his talent among the Flint community. Over the offseason, Reid moved to Davison and picked up right where he left off, even building on the success he experienced at his previous school.
So far, Reid has accumulated 929 rushing yards and a whopping 21 touchdowns through five games. Reid’s torrid pace has put him in the discussion for Mr. Football in the state of Michigan, and it has also put him firmly on the radar of several Power Five programs as a result.
“This is my first year with Davison,” Reid told Today’s U. “It’s gone pretty well for us as a team. We’ve worked really hard and it’s showing as a result of our wins so far.”
With five contests elapsed in 2016, the Cardinals are off to an undefeated start. Much of their success can be attributed to the addition of Reid, a 6-foot, 200-pound bruising running back that approaches defenses with aggression and speed. Reid is also a humble individual and acknowledged that his success could not be accomplished without a contingent of hard-working teammates leading the way.
“My offensive line opening up great holes for me to run through,” he said. “My vision has also helped me read defenses and make the right cuts. I would describe my game as smart and shifty, also very tough and coachable.”
Now that the word is out on the Flint area’s best kept secret, many colleges are beginning to show interest and have reached out to Reid, inviting him for game day visits.
“[Recruiting] wasn’t so great for my first few years in high school,” he said. “It’s starting to turn around though. I just visited Michigan State, and I’m visiting Ohio state this weekend. Also Central Michigan has shown some interest in me. So, overall things are starting to get better with the recruiting process.”
This past weekend, Reid was in East Lansing as Michigan State suffered a decisive loss at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers. Despite the result of the contest, Reid shared a glimpse of positivity into what was otherwise a dreary weekend on the Spartans’ campus.
“I got the chance to meet the coaching staff and personally talk to coach Blackwell about recruitment,” he said. “Also, I saw the new athletic facilities. I was blessed to have the experience to be on the sideline and watch the players warmup up close.”
As for this coming weekend, Reid will travel down to Columbus, as he visits Ohio State for its game against Rutgers. This will be Reid’s second trip to a Big Ten campus this season, and the 2018 prospect touched on what he is expecting to learn on the visit.
“I will be looking forward to meeting the coaching staff and getting to see their facilities,” he said.
When it comes to the rest of the football season, he has a loose gameplan of which programs he will visit. Just as his recruiting profile continues to increase, so too will the list of schools angling to have Reid on campus.
“I have one to Western Michigan scheduled,” he said. “So far I only have visits scheduled to schools that have reached out to me. I will get one scheduled to [Central Michigan] soon.”
Right now, the majority of interest Reid is receiving is coming from schools located either in Michigan or the surrounding states. As the speedy, powerful runner continues to trace his way through defenses and into the end zone, additional schools are sure to work through the proper channels to host Reid on campus. He’s yet to land his first scholarship offer.
Click here for a link to his midseason highlight tape.