Notre Dame has six defensive back commitments in the Class of 2015, but acquiring a seventh is a priority for the Irish staff with less than one month until signing day.
Notre Dame will host three-star safety Justin Reid on an official visit the weekend of Jan. 23. Reid added a Notre Dame offer in mid-December when defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder made an in-home visit.
“When coach (Brian) VanGorder came into my house, he told me about the opportunity I would have waiting for me at Notre Dame, and to me, it seems like a match,” Reid said. “Early playing time is a really big thing for me.”
Reid, the younger brother of former LSU standout and current San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid, is also considering LSU, Oklahoma and Stanford. In addition to Notre Dame, he has official visits lined up to Stanford (Jan. 16) and LSU (Jan. 30). Reid visited Oklahoma in September, and the Sooners are regarded as a top contender in his recruitment.
“There’s some pressure for me to attend LSU, but not from my family because they are going to let me make my own decision,” Reid said. “My brother doesn’t really talk to me about it much because he’s doing his own thing in the NFL, and they all know I’ll go wherever is best for me personally.”
The 6-foot, 193-pound prospect of Geismar (La.) Dutchtown said he enjoyed watching two teams that are in contention to land him go head-to-head in the Music City Bowl.
“I’m actually glad that Notre Dame and LSU played each other,” Reid said. “The entire game was legit. I was surprised by what Notre Dame was able to accomplish.”
Reid will be joined by his father in South Bend on his official visit. A National Signing Day decision is likely.
“I basically don’t know a lot about Notre Dame at this point, so I just want find out more about the school and the football program,” Reid said. “I know they like me mainly at safety and a little bit for nickel, so I’m interested in learning more about how they plan to use me and what the whole environment is like up there.”
Reid is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 34 safety in the class of 2015.