STILLWATER — Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid has declared for the NFL Draft instead of using his final year of eligibility to play at a Division I-AA program. Replaced by Zac Robinson as OSU's starter two games into the 2007 season, Reid graduated in December. Speculation was he would leave OSU. On Friday, he announced he was turning pro. "I know I'm at rock bottom right now, but I know I've got some football left,” Reid told Matt Malatesta, who wrote the book "It's My Life,” which chronicled Galena Park North Shore's 2003 state championship season. "I'm working out with my quarterback coach,” Reid told Malatesta. "I will be doing everything I can to prepare for the NFL Draft.” Even with Reid leaving, it doesn't open an additional scholarship for Stephenville, Texas, quarterback Kody Spano, who committed to OSU 11 months ago. Spano was told last month by coach Mike Gundy he might have to wait until June to be on scholarship since OSU signed seven junior college players, and two seniors didn't graduate as projected. The reason a scholarship doesn't open up is OSU coaches forecast Reid would graduate early and would probably leave. Spano is in Lincoln, Neb., for an official visit. If the visit goes well, he could commit to Nebraska this weekend. Spano said it's uncertain whether he would still consider the Cowboys if a scholarship becomes available. Classes begin Monday at OSU. Reid started all 13 games as a sophomore, passing for 2,266 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He rushed for 500 yards and five scores. After leading OSU to a 7-6 season in 2005, capped by a win in the Independence Bowl, Reid was considered one of the top quarterbacks in the Big 12. Robinson, though, started the final 11 games, establishing a single-season school record for total offense. The change became national news when Gundy vehemently criticized The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson for a column she wrote surrounding the quarterback change. Reid missed two practices in mid-October. A few days later, Gundy said Reid wasn't suspended but was inactive for the Kansas State game because Reid was dealing with "some personal issues.” Reid was Robinson's backup the remainder of the season. One of the most highly touted recruits in school history, Reid sat out his freshman year after he suffered a shoulder injury in OSU's 2004 spring game, an injury that went undetected in high school. Since OSU fans hadn't seen much of Reid, The Oklahoman contacted Malatesta, who featured Reid in his book. "Bobby is going to be Vincent Young but with better mechanics,” Malatesta said in 2005, a month before two-a-days. It created a lot of hype for a quarterback who hadn't taken a collegiate snap. The publicity heightened when Reid didn't win the starting job. Donovan Woods, the starter on OSU's 2004 Alamo Bowl team, remained the No. 1 quarterback. Three games into the '05 season, OSU coaches switched starters. Reid was named the starter. Woods moved to defense. Reid has a strong arm and tremendous athleticism but has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. He suffered three dislocated toes in 2005. He missed half the season but won an open competition with Robinson for the starting job in 2006. After Reid failed to play through knee and ankle pain the second game this season, coaches made the switch to Robinson. In 27 games at OSU, Reid threw for 3,143 yards and 27 touchdowns and ran for 654 yards and five scores. He ranks third all-time at OSU in passing touchdowns and is eighth in passing yards.
Bobby Reid, left, lost his starting job at quarterback with the emergence of Zac Robinson. Reid has decided to prepare for the NFL Draft in stead of transfering. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN