Waiting on LSU

Dutchtown (La.) safety Eric Reid is only a junior, but after another successful season at safety he has the attention of college coaches from the bayou to the west coast.

"Eric is going to be that type of kid that coaches from all over the place try to get on," said Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia. "He's going to be one of the best to come through here and one of the best kids on and off the field that I've ever been around."


With the recruitment process opening up, Reid (6-3, 175, 4.5) has already added names to his offer list.


"Tulane and Stanford both offered," Reid said. "I was pretty excited, so I am going to see what they have to offer. I really want to see some other schools across the country as well, mainly Alabama, Ole Miss and Georgia. Alabama has been sending me a lot of letters, as well as the other schools. I have not gotten a chance to really sit down with any of them, but the interest is there."


While Reid hopes the interest continues to come from any schools willing to give him a shot at safety, one team has always had a bit more of his attention.


"LSU is the offer I am waiting on, for sure," Reid said. "They are the hometown team and I grew up around the program, so that offer is going to mean a lot. I have been taking a lot of unofficial visits to campus to get to know everyone. I just like hanging around on game day and getting to know the coaches and people."


Reid comes from a family immersed in LSU tradition, headlined by his father, Eric Reid Sr. Not only does he work at LSU serving as Assistant Director of Parking and Transportation, but he also was an NCAA hurdles champion for the Tiger track team during the 80’s.


"I just like the opportunity to be around there as much as I can," Reid said. "I am coming on campus for junior day for sure on Jan. 31."


As for the Tigers disappointing 2008 season, the Geismar-native said that he understands that everyone has letdowns.


"I wish it would have gone better for us," Reid said. "But that is how things happen sometimes, and everyone has them. They will be back. In fact, I was pretty upset about our season after losing to Barbe in the playoffs, so I know how it feels."


Dutchtown, who dropped a 28-26 decision to the Bucs on Nov. 21, finished at 8-3 on the season.


"I ended up having an interception and a fumble recovery, but I am just down that we didn't win," said Reid, who finished the season with 47 tackles and four interceptions from his free safety spot. "We ended up having an extra point blocked early in the game, so when we scored at the end we had to go for two. When we didn't get it we lost the game."


After another season of dominant play, Saia feels that all the pieces are in place for Reid to become one of the nation's top defensive back prospects.


"He makes all of our calls and he's the glue that keeps everything together on that side of the ball," Saia said. "He's got great instincts and he's so explosive. He's a kid that has the grades and character to make him a national recruit, but when you add in his god-given talent then you have a kid that's the complete package."


As for next year's process, Reid remains uncertain of the timeline in which things will play out.


"I don't know if I am going to end it early or not," said Reid, who has a 4.39 grade point average and has already scored a 22 on the ACT. "It really just depends. I definitely want to get a chance to get out there and see everything that is offered to me, so I guess I will just shut it down when I feel the time is right."

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