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2014 Big School Defensive Player of the Year: John Reid, St. Joseph’s Prep

Written by: on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


j.reidPenn State recruit John Reid seemed to play all over the field in 2014. It didn’t matter where coach Gabe Infante put him on the field. He just did it.

“He is a very unselfish guy,” said Infante. “He is always looking for ways to make us better.”

“People don’t understand the impact he has had on the culture of our program. When your best player is your hardest working player that has an impact on the way your team operates. John has always been that way.”

Reid led the team at receiver with 36 catches for 699 yards and 12 touchdowns.

On defense, teams didn’t throw at him too much and he had two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

“He’s very good at adjusting to the football and making plays. He has the combination of speed, strength and agility.”

But a knee injury slowed the senior down and he missed the last three games of the year.

After starting the season with a 1-3 record the Hawks ripped off 10 wins en route to their second PIAA Class AAAA title. They defeated Pine-Richland 49-41.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound U.S. Army All-American is the No. 16 cornerback nationally and No. 2 prospect in Pennsylvania according to

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