Jarmal Reid, brother of UGA standout, picks Oregon State over waiting on Bulldogs

Jarmal Reid, the brother of former UGA standout Jeremy Price, committed to Oregon State during his official visit.

The 6-foot-6, 221-pound small forward from Columbia High School picked Oregon State over UNC-Charlotte and UT-Chattanooga. Reid said he also had the opportunity to follow in his brother’s footsteps to UGA if some other basketball recruits picked other schools.

“Oregon State just recruited me harder than anybody else at this point,” Reid told the AJC.  “By going there, I’m also getting away from playing in the shadows of my brother and starting my own path. But I’ll always be a Georgia guy in my heart.”

Why didn’t Reid follow his brother to UGA? Reid said it was to the best of his understanding that he was a “back-up plan” if UGA failed to land one of state’s “Big 3” — three power forwards that all are ranked among the top 25 overall college prospects in the nation: Southwest DeKalb’s Shaq Goodwin, Shiloh’s Robert Carter and Miller Grove’s Tony Parker. None are committed.

“Georgia didn’t exactly come out and say I was a back-up plan, but it wasn’t hard to figure out,” Reid told the AJC. “After they got commitments from [guards Charles Mann of Milton and Kenny Gaines of Whitefield Academy], they said one of the ‘Big 3’ was going to be their next target.

“I was thinking to myself ‘What about me?’ So it came down to I had to make a decision that was best for me. I didn’t want to be somebody’s back-up plan. I love Georgia and everything. But if one of two of the other guys sign with Georgia, then I would be left out in the open. By that time, my spot at Oregon State might be filled. I had to move forward, and Oregon State is a great school, too.”

“I’m happy the way it all worked out in the end. Hopefully Georgia will be able to understand the reasons behind my decision just like I was able to understand their decision to go after one of those other guys.”

What if UGA misses on all of the “Big 3” and comes back with a committable offer? “I’m committed to Oregon State now and that’s how I plan to leave it,” Reid said. “It all worked out for the best.”

Reid helped lead Columbia High School to back-to-back state championships in basketball. He averaged 11 points and 8 rebounds last year as a junior.

In case you missed it over the holiday weekend …

  • Younger brother of ex-UGA standout commits to Oregon State over waiting on Bulldogs (click on story link)
  • Remember June Jones, former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons? Jones is at SMU and landed one of Georgia’s top 2013 QBs, Lassiter’s Eddie Printz (click on story link)
  • Who was vocal in his support of Mark Richt after the Boise State loss? None other than the nation’s No. 1 RB (click on story link)

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15 comments Add your comment

ugaNCin2012

September 5th, 2011
11:15 pm

deal out

September 6th, 2011
12:19 am

no big deal–he’s not that good anyway. Ga can get a lot better talent.

Natureboy809

September 6th, 2011
2:18 am

Can’t blame the kid. Wish him the best in Corvallis

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Paddy

September 6th, 2011
6:54 am

The first player ever from Georgia to commit to Oregon State. In any sport! You will love the view. Makes Athens look like Buffalo.

Beast from the East

September 6th, 2011
6:58 am

“no big deal–he’s not that good anyway. Ga can get a lot better talent.”

deal out,
Class act. Way to represent UGA.

JAWJeRDAWG

September 6th, 2011
7:15 am

@ deal out

Classless. Sincerely hope you’re not a Georgia fan.

And, Jarmal, considering the circumstances under which you were being recruited, I fully understand your commitment to Oregon State.

Best wishes to you in the classroom and on the hardwood. .. Go Dawgs!

Bennett frisky

September 6th, 2011
8:16 am

After watching BOISE STATE destroy the dawwgs, they need all the help they can get.

pjbrave

September 6th, 2011
9:22 am

Congrats Jarmal!!! The Columbia Family is very proud of you!!! Lets get 3 in a row!!!!!! Oh yea I still got those football pads for you!! lol

@ frisky Bennett

September 6th, 2011
9:59 am

Reid is a “basketball” recruit, so I don’t think he would have been able to help the football team. Can’t blame the kid for going where he is wanted; I wish him the best!

Joe

September 6th, 2011
10:22 am

“Makes Athens look like Buffalo.”

Please!

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Moobs Johnson

September 6th, 2011
10:58 am

Would he be interested in a football offer? We specialize in offering kids who have never played the game.

Hooooop'n

September 6th, 2011
3:16 pm

Congrats to you Jarmal. I am sure that you have been to UGA’s campus many times over the last couple of years. If the bball coaches at UGA wanted you as a priority they had plenty of time make that known to you. Its always best to go where you are wanted. Plus I really don’t see UGA getting Goodwin, Parker or Carter. So here comes another JUCO player at the PF spot.

Bobby cremins

September 6th, 2011
9:32 pm

Nobody wants to be in Athens the way the football team is stinking up the place