"I met with coach Miles and coach Cooper at their office, and they said they wanted me to be a Tiger," Eric Reid said Wednesday after receiving his offer. "They did not ask me to commit or anything, they just told me to think about it."
"I had been at a track meet on campus the day before, and they called my coach and told him they wanted to see me today," Reid added. "I went over to the offices and coach Miles sat me down and talked to me for about five minutes and then offered. After that we just talked with coach Cooper for about twenty more minutes."
Reid said that he liked what he heard from the head man, though his attention was hard to keep a handle on.
"Coach told me that it means a lot for the team to build around in state kids," he said. "That is one thing the program prides itself on, so he wanted me and my family to know that my offer was on the table so that we could go ahead and evaluate things.
"The meeting went really well, but I kept looking around at all the nice things in his office while I was there," Reid added. "Coach Miles definitely does it big time. The facilities they have are just off the charts."
The 4-star safety said that while no decision has been made, the offer was one that he was definitely waiting on.
"It felt really great to get the offer," Reid said. "It is exciting to get my process going with this news. I am just going to think about some things and go from there."
Reid, who played through his junior season on an injured shoulder, finished with 47 tackles and four interceptions from his free safety spot. In the classroom, he holds a 4.39 GPA and a 22 on the ACT.
His work ethic on and off the field is a big reason he is getting the early offers, and it may pay even larger dividends down the road.
"Eric is the type of kid that is never happy with where he is," said Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia Wednesday night. "He is always trying to get better and he is never going to be happy regardless of where he is. He is one of the few kids at his age that is worried about what he is eating, that is worried about how much he is working out and at the same time can maintain his position as one of the best students we have."