The 6-foot, 195-pounder from Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La., left South Bend on Sunday armed with plenty of information and a good sense of what the Irish have to offer on the field and off of it.
“It was a really good visit,” Reid said. “I got what I set out to do, to learn about the University and see what it has to offer because I came in not really knowing very much. I feel I got a good grasp of what Notre Dame has to offer.”
For Reid, one of the highlights of the trip was spending time with Irish players Cole Luke and Durham Smythe. Both players chose to attend Notre Dame despite having offers from their in-state schools and several other universities closer to home.
Like Reid, Smythe considered both Stanford and Notre Dame before signing with the Irish.
“They had similar experiences that I have,” Reid said. “Cole came from Arizona and Durham came from Texas. Durham was in the same predicament I’m in trying to choose between Notre Dame and Stanford. He said when he chose Notre Dame he didn’t look back.”
Reid spent time with the Irish coaching staff learning more about their plans to use him as a strong safety and he was provided with information on admissions and Notre Dame’s education support system for athletes.
He liked what he saw and heard and felt right at home with the Irish.
“It was just being with the guys and seeing the facilities,” he said. “The education really speaks for itself. You don’t really have to battle on that. Hanging out with Cole and Durham and some of the other players I felt really comfortable around them like I’ve known them for years but we just met.”
Heading into the trip, Stanford was the perceived favorite with LSU, his brother Eric’s alma mater. Now, that might not be the case.
“I’ve been trying to get a pros and cons list,” he said. “Pros for each, Notre Dame I feel a little bit more comfortable. The atmosphere around football is more of what I crave being from Louisiana and SEC country. Stanford has a little bit better weather and it’s nice having my brother living 15 minutes away from Stanford so if I ever want to get away from the university.”
Eric Reid played safety at LSU and now is on the San Francisco 49ers roster. His proximity to Palo Alto is something Justin can’t overlook.
“I can’t overestimate it because he could be traded to another NFL team tomorrow but I don’t want to underestimate it either and pretend like it’s nothing because it is something that is a definite pro for Stanford,” he said.
LSU also remains in the mix after Reid landed an offer from the Tigers in December.
Where do the three schools stand with Reid?
“I can’t really comment on that right now,” he said. “I’m going to sit down with my family and talk about it. I’ll ask Eric and my dad to help me. I’ll sleep on all this information for a few days to make a strong decision for myself.”