High Five: Reid wraps up stellar career
Published 1:32 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2022
William Reid’s high school athletic career started on the soccer pitch. It will end at the 2A state track meet in Greensboro this weekend.
- What prompted you to play football instead of soccer?
William: I was on the football team at P.S. Jones Middle School, but didn’t play much, so I wasn’t really feeling it to start high school. I liked soccer and enjoyed being on the high school team my freshman year. Coach Chapman (JV football head coach) grabbed me as I was coming out of my science class across the hall and asked me to kick for football. That’s how it started.
- How did you go from kicker to wide receiver?
William: We were in a summer 7 on 7 camp at South Central High School.
Coach Owens put me in at receiver and I did well. I credit both coaches for welcoming me and being very encouraging. I caught two touchdown passes from Hayes (Pippin) in a JV game against Tarboro where we almost most won after being down 20 points. That’s when I really started liking football.
- What has changed the most over your four years in high school?
William: I’ve grown a lot physically and worked hard in the weight room, but I’d say my mindset has improved the most. I noticed that I was getting better because of my work in the weight room and thought I had a chance to play in college.
- What are your track highlights?
William: Running the 110 hurdles with my best friend, Ramel Knight, my freshman year and making it to state this year and last year. I wasn’t going to compete this year, but my older brother, Michael, (who runs at Wingate) couldn’t run his senior year two years ago because of COVID. I felt like I ran for him at regionals and am doing it for him this weekend at the state meet.
- What are your summer plans?
William: Working out every day to prepare for football at Saint Augustine. I want to be the best me I can be from the first day, so the coaches won’t feel like they should have given my scholarship to somebody else.
Bonus question: How have academics at Washington help you prepare for college?
William: I had to learn to balance my time between studying and sports. My mom, brother and sister have been a great support system for me and always encouraged me to stay on top of things. I’m thinking about majoring in Political Science in college, so I liked Honors Civics with Ms. Tucker and all my English classes. I feel like I’m well prepared and excited to get started