“I wouldn’t be able to comment on that one way or the other,” Dickey said in a phone interview on Friday afternoon.
Reid was kicked off the Florida State football team on Wednesday by Seminole coach Jimbo Fisher following his latest off-the-field incident stemming from a July 10 arrest for misdemeanor marijuana possession and other traffic citations in his hometown of Valdosta.
It has been speculated by several media outlets that Reid will return home to Valdosta State — UWG’s Gulf South Conference rival — where he played during his prep days at Lowndes High School and earned All-Classification Player of the Year honors by the Associated Press and Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior in 2008. He was also part of the Vikings’ Class AAAAA state championship teams in 2005 and 2007.
“He has expressed interest in enrolling here and playing here and we plan to sit down with him in the future and discuss the options,” the VSU Sports Information Department said in a statement Friday.
Dickey said he could not comment on whether Reid had contacted West Georgia or vice versa.
The connection Reid has to the UWG program is former high school teammate Kelly Dawsey, a senior cornerback for the Wolves.
One media outlet — 680 The Fan — cited an unnamed source Thursday, saying that Reid intended to transfer to VSU. The university had not released anything officially as of Friday to confirm that. Also, an NFL Draft Scouting web site already changed Reid’s current school to Valdosta State on his profile.
So as the speculation and rumors continue to swirl, things are expected to unfold in the imminent future with players reporting next week.
Whoever does land Reid will inherit a gifted athlete with his fair share of baggage. But instances like this occur quite often in the college arena and have proven to work out for both parties in these second-chance situations.
Reid recorded 32 tackles with two interceptions in 12 games last year for FSU, while also returning a punt for a touchdown. He led Division I-FBS in punt return average at 18.4 yards per return in 2009 and was just 313 yards shy of breaking Deion Sanders’ all-time school record for punt returns. Reid was named to the All-ACC Preseason Team just last week prior to his dismissal.