After being released from scholarships from two of the most of prestigious football programs in the country, cornerback Greg Reid and safety Ray Ray Armstrong are hoping to earn back the trust of NFL scouts by transferring.
Reid, who had earned preseason All-ACC honors from the media as both a cornerback and return specialist, was released two weeks ago from scholarship from Florida State University after the latest in a string of off-field issues. He tweeted Monday that he'd be joining Valdosta State, which is located in his hometown of Valdosta, Georgia. As Chip Patterson from our Eye on College Football noted Tuesday, Reid has been officially accepted at Valdosta State.
Reid's latest arrest came after a traffic stop July 10 in which police discovered a small amount of marijuana in his car. Previously he'd been arrested in September 2011 after being pulled over while driving a motor scooter and providing police with false identification. Those charges were ultimately dropped, though Reid was suspended for a game by the coaching staff.
The 5-08, 176 pound Reid is a talented cover corner with good ball skills. Currently rated by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 25 cornerback in the 2013 draft, he posted 32 tackles last season, along with five passes broken up and two interceptions. In 2010, he established himself as a cornerback to avoid, posting 65 tackles and 17 passes defensed while also serving as a game-breaking return specialist. He led the NCAA as a true freshman by averaging 18.4 yards per punt return and set school kickoff return records in 2010 for both a single-game (193 yards vs. NC State) and season totals (742 yards).
Armstrong, whom my colleague Dane Brugler had annointed as the top prospect for the Hurricanes this season, has transferred to Faulkner University, a private Christian school located in Montgomery, Alabama, according to our own Matt Hinton of the Eye on College Football blog. He'd previously been considering suing Miami due to his belief that he'd been released from his scholarship without due process.
Like Reid, Armstrong experienced several run-ins with authorities over his early collegiate career. He was suspended for four games at the beginning of the 2011 season for accepting gifts from noted Miami booster Nevin Shapiro. He was later suspended for an additional game as the university reportedly investigated whether he'd committed more infractions as his girlfriend, who owns her own public relations firm that represents athletes, paid for his stay at a hotel in Miami Beach.
While the 6-4, 215 pound Armstrong certainly has demonstrated a great deal of natural ability, for various reasons he's been unable to remain on the field. In the seven games in which he played last year, he posted 34 tackles and notched one fumble recovery and one interception. His best year to date came in 2010 when he posted 79 tackles and six passes defensed despite starting just three games.
Armstrong is currently listed as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 9 strong safety and 257th overall prospect for the 2013 draft.