Reid Names Texas Tech a Finalist

Texas Tech offered Geismar (La.) Dutchtown safety Justin Reid last spring and has been vigilant in its recruitment of him since then. RaiderPower.com caught up with Reid recently for an update on his overall recruitment, his standing with the Red Raiders and a preview of his senior season.

Geismar (La.) Dutchtown safety Justin Reid admitted to RaiderPower.com he knows which final schools make up the group he will be selecting from. Alas, he's not ready to release who those schools are nor how many teams he has narrowed his choice to.

He did, however, admit that Texas Tech is among them.

"I do have a top group actually," Reid said. "My dad's making me really wait before I start announcing anything, but I can tell you Tech is in my top group. Definitely."

Reid has several schools to choose between as he has been offered by Arizona State, Kansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulane, Tulsa and Utah. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety also owns a 4.7 GPA, which has several Ivy League schools such as Brown, Harvard, Princeton and Yale recruiting him.

The three-star prospect, rated as the No. 45 safety in the nation by Scout.com, picked up the offers from Arizona State and Oklahoma after a very impressive performance at The Opening earlier this summer.

"It was a lifetime experience getting to meet all the best players from around the country and play alongside them," Reid said. "At the end of the day it's just really playing football, playing your game, staying true to yourself and knowing you're going to do well. I'm happy that I did do well, I was fortunate enough to do well."

Reid added that while Tech has been recruiting him for awhile, Big 12 rival Oklahoma has come on strong and he's still trying to figure out what the Sooners have to offer.

"The hardest people recruiting me are Texas Tech without a doubt, I talk to them the most," Reid said. "Behind them would be Oklahoma and Minnesota."

Spearheading Tech's recruitment of Reid is Kevin Curtis, whom Reid said he was actually going to call after the interview. Curtis, who coached at Louisiana Tech before returning to his alma mater, is the Red Raiders' primary recruiter in the Bayou State.

"He's really almost like a friend. I can talk to him about almost anything," Reid said. "Of course we talk about football on a daily basis, like what I can do for the program, what the program can do for me and how I fit in the system. We also talk about stuff like how my day went and how his went, you know life problems or whatever, just the challenges on a daily basis and stuff like that."

How does Tech see Reid fitting into the scheme?

"They see me being a really impactful player," Reid said. "They said I can play strong or free and that they see me as a sideline-to-sideline player. I know they'll have me all over the field, I know they'll have me rolling down (to the line of scrimmage) or play deep; whatever they tell me to do really."

Reid said he will be taking an official visit to Texas Tech at some point, but he's not sure when yet.

He did break down some of the schools recruiting him when asked about them.

"Minnesota is really far away, I 'm not really too excited that they are super, super far away and it's really cold up there," Reid said. "Texas Tech and Southern Miss are the chillest programs. When I get to talk to their coaches they can be my coach, but then again I can talk to them like they're people. I can go and talk to them and ask for advice, it's not just a coach/player relationship all the time.

"Oklahoma, like I said, they are new so I'm still trying to evaluate them, who they are."

Reid added he doesn't have a timetable for committing, but it doesn't sound as if it will be anytime soon.

"If I get invited to a major bowl game it will definitely be on that date," Reid said. "Otherwise it's just whenever I feel it's the right time."

He does, however, know what he's looking for in the program he will eventually choose.

"Player/coach relationship; how well I can communicate with the coaches, how much I think a coach can do for me and help me reach my full potential, because my ultimate goal is to reach the NFL," Reid said. "It's really all about who can help me get there the best, but at the same time, I don't want to trade off my dignity and being treated like crap for that. I'm just trying to find the best of both worlds situation."

In the meantime, Reid is focusing on helping Dutchtown make a deep run his senior season as they return most of a squad who won the District 5-5A title and made it three rounds deep in the Louisiana state playoffs in 2013.

"What is scaring me the most is that we have what should be one of the best teams we've had in school history, but every time we've had a really, really talented team we've got knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by somebody who shouldn't have knocked us off," Reid said. "So, hopefully that doesn't happen again."

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