Reid is a Tiger!

Eric Reid added his name to LSU's already impressive 2010 commitment list after he and his father took in practice.

Becoming an LSU athlete in the Reid family just became a trend.


His father, Eric Reid Sr., was an NCAA hurdles champion on the Tiger track team during the late 80's. He now serves as Assistant Director of Parking and Transportation for the university.


Eric Sr. stood alongside his son on Thursday as they took in their second spring practice in a week's time. Soon after practice's end, the younger Reid made the move to join his father as part of the LSU family.


"I committed today because I felt like the time was right," Reid said. "I had thought a lot about it lately, and when I got going today I felt like the time was right. I am really happy that I finally got to let the staff and everyone else know that I am a Tiger."


While the commitment comes early for the Tigers in the grand scheme of the process, Reid said that the decision was one that he had to wait out.


"My father did not really want me to commit quite yet, mainly because he wanted me to make sure I was making the best choice for me," he said. "Fortunately he let me know today that he trusted me to make the call, and I told him that I was ready to go ahead and commit.


"I thought about a lot of things over the past few weeks, and at the end of the day I realized that I didn't want to go to school anywhere but LSU. They have the education that I want from a university, and they have a really good football team. I don't really need to look anywhere else because I know that I want to be at LSU for college."


The four-star safety said that the recent relationship he has built with defensive backs coach Ron Cooper carried him a long way to making the early call.


"I have been going over to LSU a lot lately, and because of that coach Cooper and I have been able to build a pretty good bond. We know each other pretty well now, and I got comfortable and realized that I could do big things with him as a coach. It will definitely be a good fit.


"I also started talking with guys like Chad Jones, so getting to know the players already on the team has helped as well," added Reid. "Watching practice [Thursday] was fun because I got to get an eye on where I need to be to get on their level, and I feel like I am headed in the right direction."


While the hat selection has become a celebrated process in the recruiting world, Reid's take seemed a bit different than most.


"I wore my LSU hat to practice to see if anyone noticed," Reid said. "When I saw coach Cooper he said something about it, and I asked him if he knew what it meant for me to be wearing it. When I told him it meant I was ready to commit, he went crazy.


"He congratulated me and told me how happy he was," added Reid. "We went and told coach Miles too, so it was fun. I wish I could remember what all [Miles] said, but I was so excited about letting them know that I couldn't hold a thought. It was definitely a great day."


After undergoing shoulder surgery earlier this year, Reid said that he plans on continuing with rehab as he heads toward the summer.


"I meet with the doctor next Tuesday to get out of the sling," he said. "After that I am going to start meeting with a physical therapist so that I can get back to my workout routine, so things are going smoothly."


Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia, who has coached Reid over the last three years, said that the four-star's game is nearly without limits.


"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."


Reid is academically qualified with a 4.39 GPA and a 22 on the ACT.


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