THE NEXT LEVEL: Dutchtown’s Reid signs scholarship to LSU

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Eric Reid, center, signs a national letter of intent to play football at LSU Wednesday morning at DTHS’ gym. Also pictured are from left; brother Ryan Reid, aunt Estelle Guillory, daughter LeiLani Tanielu, fiancee` Samantha Tanielu, dad Eric Reid Sr., brother Justin Reid, Rev. John Marcell, mom Sharon Reid and Gloria Marcell.

GEISMAR – Dutchtown safety Eric Reid fulfilled a lifelong dream and over a year commitment when he signed a letter of intent to play football at Louisiana State University Wednesday morning in front of the student body at DTHS’ gym on National Signing Day.

There was no doubt the Tigers were Reid’s top choice from the time he was a child. Rated a four-star prospect, the top defensive player in the state and the No. 4 safety in the country, Reid helped LSU secure the No. 6 recruiting class in the nation.

“I have been around the campus all my life,” Reid said. “I have lived in this area my entire life. It is a great university. They have a great football program, especially for my position, so that is where I wanted to be.”

Reid committed to LSU last March before completing his senior season at Dutchtown, where he was named the District 6-5A Defensive MVP after registering 45 tackles and three interceptions and earned first-team Class 5A All-State honors. He also earned one of the starting safety spots for the West Roster in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“It took the pressure away during the season so I could concentrate on football,” Reid said of his early commitment. “I went to a couple of football games growing up and I definitely went to them when they started recruiting me.”

Reid recorded 78 tackles, nine sacks, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a junior being named to the All-District first-team and an honorable mention All-State pick.

“I have always been told to be a student of the game, so I like to watch film and study my opponents tendencies,” Reid said. “I practice my technique with coaches so I just always try to stay ahead of the game.”

Dutchtown advanced to the Class 5A playoffs in each of Reid’s four seasons as a Griffin. Reid led a revamped defense in each of the past two seasons after a quarterfinal berth in 2007. Dutchtown fell to Barbe in the regionals last season and Comeaux in the first round this year.

“He has wanted to play at LSU all his life so there wasn’t any point in him dragging it out,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said. “Eric is physically talented obviously and very smart mentally. He understands the game of football and where he is supposed to be at. He was our quarterback on the field defensively and we are going to miss that just as much as his physical skills that he brought to the game. They are getting the total package.”

Reid’s desire to attend LSU largely stems from his father’s ties to the school. Eric Reid Sr. was a three-time All-American hurdler at LSU and the NCAA champion in the 110-meter hurdles in 1987.?He still holds the school record with a time of 13.50 seconds.

“My dad accomplished his goal,” Reid said. “He won the National Championship in track so he taught me to set my goals high. I definitely think I will have an opportunity on special teams next year and maybe I can work my way into getting some playing time on defense. This is the first step in ultimitely making it to the NFL. I definitely want to follow in the footsteps of Glenn Dorsey, LaRon Landry and Chad Jones. All those big names. I want my name to be mentioned with them.”