Reid takes in his second junior day

On Saturday, Dutchtown safety Eric Reid took in an LSU Junior Day for the second time this year, picking up an offer soon after his previous trip on Jan. 31. After another sit down with the Tiger staff, Reid is beginning to feel how much he is truly wanted in purple and gold.

Growing up the son of a prolific Tiger track star, Eric Reid has always known what LSU sports were all about. A Geismar-native, Reid has grown up surrounded by the Bayou Bengal culture.


Taking in junior day at the end of January, Reid left without an offer in hand. Just over a week later, the four-star safety was back in head coach Les Miles' office, seeing the headman extend the offer that had eluded him.


Back to Baton Rouge once more, Reid was able to take in a lengthy conversation with defensive backs coach Ron Cooper and Miles Saturday afternoon.


"They were saying that they needed to jump start this year's class, and that if I wanted to be a good college player and make it to the league then I can get it done at home with them," he said. "They wanted me to commit pretty bad, so it feels good to know that they think that highly of me. It was a great day, for sure."


Where does the local standout feel that he stands on the Tigers board moving forward?


"Of the offers I have, LSU is my favorite," Reid said. "My dad has taught me to kind of keep my head on straight and not get carried away with things before I look at some other schools, but I do feel pretty good about LSU."


Did the trip change anything for the six-foot-three, 185 pound prospect?


"Coach Cooper and I have been building a good relationship, so coming back to talk with him some more was a good thing," Reid said. "We talked for a long time, and he was letting me know all the benefits that they could provide for me. I haven't seen him coach yet, but I am pretty sure I am going to like him. He is a real cool guy."


After shoulder surgery just over a week ago, what do the coming months hold as Reid gets back to full strength?


"Well Coach Miles was telling me that I need to get with the trainers over there and set up appointments to make sure my rehab is going in the right direction," he said. "They definitely showed that they cared about where I was taking my career and how everything would go after the surgery.


"Coach Miles actually invited me and my father back to meet him next week, so we are going to get over there during lunch one day to talk some more," added Reid. "Other than that, I am just going to be focusing on school and trying to stay healthy."


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