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National Signing Day 2012: Albert Reid Picks Maryland For Its 'Engineering Program'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Highly-recruited defensive tackle Eddie Goldman was only one of 19 students at Northeast's Friendship Collegiate Academy to announce their college choices in a Wednesday morning ceremony. More on that a little later, but we just wanted to pass along a couple of quotes from Goldman's teammate and University of Maryland commit, running back Albert Reid.

Now, normally when a high school athlete is asked why he went to a certain school, he usually gives a vague answer, like Goldman's "It was where I wanted to be." But when I asked Reid why he chose Maryland, he piped up right away with an unexpected answer.

"I wanted to go to Maryland," Reid said, "because they have a strong engineering program, and I want to be a mechanical engineer."

It also didn't hurt that Reid, who was the District's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011 and de-commited from West Virginia before choosing Maryland, spent most of his youth in College Park before moving to D.C. and still refers to Maryland as his hometown school.

For what it's worth, he was also quick to defend his new head coach, Randy Edsall, who went 2-10 in his first season as Terps coach in 2011.

"Man, it was his first year," Reid said. "You gotta let him get in new players and new coaches. You have to let everyone get settled."

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