Getting to Know: Eric Reid

When Eric Reid signed on with LSU in February, the Tigers landed not just one of the nation's top-5 safety prospects but also a body that could fill an outside linebacker role.

Eric Reid


Position – Safety

Current Size and Speed – 6-foot-1, 215, 4.6

High School – Dutchtown High School

City/State – Geismar, La.

Academic Status – 4.6 GPA, 24 ACT

Other major offers – Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia Position Ranking – No. 4 (****)

Eric Reid’s senior season played out as his first healthy one in his high school career, nursing a shoulder injury in the prior years that resulted in offseason surgery before last fall’s campaign.

After racking up 50 tackles, four interceptions, six deflected passes, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles Reid was honored by playing in January’s Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Come two months, Reid will be on the LSU campus and settled into his college apartment. What’s on the mind of the future Tiger as he prepares for the big leap?

On his final season… “It was great to finally play healthy. I played hard and strong and that showed. Being back to full strength was the one thing I wanted before going to LSU and playing in the SEC.”

On being recruited after his commitment… “To think back at times when I had other staffs still after me is definitely weird. Even though I committed pretty early, those other programs were always there to check if I was solid. I even heard from coach Saban, but I had to just tell him that I was all LSU.”

On what sold it for LSU… “Just being around the atmosphere all my life had made me realize that I always wanted to be a part of the program. With my dad running track and working there now, LSU has always been around me. It was a pretty easy decision, which is why it came early.”

On relationships with the staff… “I am getting closest with coach Cooper. Since he will be my position coach I have made an effort to get over to LSU as much as I could during the last six months. Just being around practices and the team helped bring me along already. It makes me realize I made the right choice.”

On relationships with other signees… “I am definitely closest with Ronnie Vinson. We met during the process and have gotten to be great friends since. He had a great senior year as well, so both of us are coming in hoping for playing time.”

On expectations… “Starting would be great (laughing), but I think realistically I would just like a shot at some playing time. I said before the last season that if Chad Jones left for the NFL then I would have a shot with some shallow depth. They only have about four names that could really battle it out right now, and I hope to get into that mix by fall practices.”

On a position… “Coach Cooper says safety for now, so that’s where I am sticking to. If I get bigger and they want to try me at outside linebacker, then that is fine. Right now coach Moffitt’s plan has me as filled out as ever. I have gained a little weight, but it is all muscle. I have never been this defined, and it is kind of scary. I am anxious to see how it translates to the field.”

On the talent level of the 2010 class… “Seeing how it finished out was impressive. Coach Miles and those guys really closed strong. But people might forget that there were tons of names that the staff locked down last summer. The whole entire group is well rounded.”

On eating out in Baton Rouge… “It is always Kona Grill. It’s my spot in Baton Rouge. Texas de Brazil is pretty good, too.”

On his number at LSU… “I have put in the request to get 30. That jersey is the one I belong in. I can already see the big three-zero roaming the defensive backfield, just laying people out.”

On his life off the field… “It’s all about football. I am kind of addicted. If I am not working out and playing then I am watching film or trying to get over to LSU to be around their team. It all gets me pumped up to get back onto the field in the fall. I can’t imagine not playing for a whole year.”




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