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Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — Sayre senior Aidan Reid signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play sprint football at Mansfield University here Thursday in a brief ceremony in the high school library.

Reid said he liked everything he saw about Mansfield on his visit.

“It’s close to home,” said Reid. “When I went on my visit, I like everything I saw.

“Coach Evans reached out to me … they have a good program,” he added.

Sprint football has a weight limit of 178 pounds, which is a double-edged sword for Reid.

“It’s a little different, but it’s the same sport, and everyone is the same size.

“I’m use to pushing around bigger guys, so I’m hoping the fact everyone is roughly the same size will help me out a little bit,” said Reid, who weighs in at 190 pounds.

“I have to lose some weight, that’s gonna suck,” he laughed. “I use to wrestle, so I’m use to it.”

Sayre football coach Ricky Lindblad said his passion for the game and work ethic will make Reid successful at Mansfield.

“Aidan will be successful at the next level because he is very coachable, passionate about football and willing to work to get better,” said Lindblad. “He has a great supporting group which will help him make the transition to the next level.”

Lindblad said Reid has to keep working.

“Aidan will need to continue to get in the weight room and work on his techniques to prepare for the stronger and faster competition,” he said.

Reid knows he will be up against smaller, quicker competitors.

“I’ll have to work on my speed,” he said. “A lot of these guys are going to be smaller than me, so I’ll have to get faster.

“And, I probably need to work on my game IQ a little bit,” Reid added.

Reid is looking forward to playing at Mansfield.

“I’m excited about it. I met a bunch of the guys, and we all got a long pretty well,” said Ried.

“It’s something I’ve always dreamed about doing, I can’t wait,” he added.


IN PHOTO: Sayre senior Aiden Reid. … PHOTOS PROVIDED.

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