ST. LOUIS -- University of Miami safety Jamal Reid, considered one of the country's Top 150 players by ESPN two years ago, said Wednesday he's leaving the program.
"Coach basically told me I didn't have a chance to play here and it would be better for me if I transferred," said Reid, who in two seasons at UM never saw the field. "So I'm going to go. I decided on my own I didn't want to just sit and watch other guys get reps."
Reid (6-1, 192) was a two-way standout at Mayo Lafeyette High, a school located in the middle of the state near Gainesville. But he never latched on at UM -- same as the other two recruits who signed with the Canes in 2009 from the Gainesville area, linebacker Kevin Nelson and cornerback Devont'a Davis.
Reid said Nelson is no longer on the team. He isn't sure if Davis will be back either.
"I had trouble my first year because I didn't know the plays as well as I should have. I guess I wasn't doing what I was supposed to be doing," Reid said. "But this new coaching staff, I don't think they ever really gave me a chance. Eduardo [Clements] and Tyrone [Cornelius] just moved right in front of me. It's best to leave."
Reid said he's planning to transfer to a Football Championship Subdivision program (formerly known as Division I-AA) so he will not have to sit out the 2011 season.
MORE SUSPENSIONS LOOM?: Citing multiple sources, InsideTheU.com reported Wednesday that Al Golden has handed out more suspensions after another incident on campus required the assistance of University of Miami police.
According to InsideTheU, running back Storm Johnson, linebacker Travis Williams, and cornerback Keion Payne were involved in an incident on April 27. On April 29, offensive lineman Jermaine Barton was involved in a separate incident.
These four players, according to InsideTheU, are expected to be suspended for at least one game although the penalty for the repeat offenders could be more. It is undetermined which game they will serve the suspensions.
According to InsideTheU, this is the second time Johnson and Payne have been involved in an incident, which resulted in a one-game suspension back in March although head coach Al Golden would not confirm or deny those reports when asked about it during spring football.
A UM spokesperson said Wednesday Golden has not suspended anyone for any games.