High School Sports

Warner Robins players sign with UAB, FVSU

WARNER ROBINS -- When high school football players across Georgia hear the name Greg Reid, many feel their stomach grow queasy and their head begin to ache. Reid, who signed with Florida State, is widely regarded as the state's top player and while at Lowndes possessed the ability to humiliate opponents with his uncanny open-field running and big-play potential.

But two Warner Robins playmakers have fond memories of their 2008 encounter with Reid. Safety Cameron Eddy stripped the ball from the future Seminoles star four times in a single game last November.

Receiver Rashad Wynes burned Reid for a 73-yard touchdown catch and run.

"He's one of the top recruits in the nation," Eddy said. "I love the fact that I did that to him. ... That's just all I'm going to remember when I see him in the pros."

But for Eddy and Wynes, the football memory machine isn't shutting down.

It's just getting cranked up. Each extended his football-playing days by signing in a ceremony at the school's library. Wynes will attend UAB while Eddy will play at Fort Valley State.

"The best words to characterize both of them - one on offense, one on defense - would be big-play ability," Warner Robins head coach Bryan Way said. "They tended to be there when we needed a big play."

Wynes caught five touchdown passes and averaged more than 30 yards per catch. Eddy recorded four interceptions and eight fumble recoveries.

Wynes joins seven other Georgia products in the Blazers' 2009 class.

Peach County's Bryan Ellis and Westside's Max Garcia are already on the UAB roster.

"Coach (Tyson) Summers started recruiting me about this time last year," Wynes said. "He's just been a truly faithful person to me. He never lied. He kept it real.

"I felt at home," he said of his visits to the school campus. "I like the players. They reminded me of my friends."

Eddy is excited about the prospect of being at Fort Valley State during a time of growth and change. The Wildcats have a new head coach in Donald Pittman and the school is overhauling its football stadium.

"They've got a lot of new stuff they're getting done out there," Eddy said. "It's close to home so my parents can come and watch me anytime they want."

Both players credited the Warner Robins coaching staff for helping them overcome bouts of immaturity and what Eddy called a tendency to be "hard-headed."