His older brother Eric Reid Jr. didn’t do it.
Neither did Landon Collins or Eddie Lacy.
Dutchtown High safety Justin Reid forged his own path by becoming the school’s first high-profile star player to turn Wednesday’s signing ceremony into a bit of show.
Reid carefully pulled caps for LSU, Notre Dame and Stanford out of his backpack and placed them on the table draped in Griffin purple.
Though he said LSU has his heart, it was Stanford he signed to play for.
Reid pulled on a Stanford hat, a slow, deliberate move that drew applause from the students on hand in the Dutchtown gym.
“I grew up on LSU my entire life,” Reid said. “I have a real strong love for the university. It was about that, but at the same time it was about making the best decision for myself and how I can make the best possible future for myself.
“I plan on going to the NFL, but I also plan on having a good life after the NFL and I feel like Stanford University is going to give me the best of both worlds.”
Eric Reid Jr. starred at LSU before moving on to the San Francisco 49ers. Eric Reid Sr. was a star hurdler for the Tigers. The other two DHS stars, Lacy and Collins, opted for Alabama making Reid’s decision to pick a school other than LSU a possibility.
The youngest of the three Reid brothers said the decision wasn’t easy and noted it includes an important family component.
“I didn’t sleep much the last two weeks,” Reid said. “I guess about 1 o’clock this morning I knew for sure. Eric’s excited. He’s only about 20 minutes away (from Stanford).
“He’ll finally have family in California. He’s promised to come to all my games he can, and I’m going to go to his. We’re going to support each other.”
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Reid burst onto the national recruiting scene over the summer. He played linebacker and safety for the Griffins, recording 25 tackles, 21 assists, seven tackles for loss and one interception.
Along the way Reid also earned All-District 5-5A honors and made the The Advocate’s All-Metro team for Classes 5A-4A. He was one of four Dutchtown players to sign Wednesday.
Offensive lineman Hunter Austin signed with Nicholls State and defensive back Alonzo Craighton signed with Minnesota.
Wide receiver Jonsthan Hodoh signed to become a preferred walk-on at the Louisiana-Monroe. The Griffins have sent 30 players to the college ranks in the past 10 years, coach Benny Saia said.
“We talked about it, and we weighed all his options, pros and cons,” Eric Reid Sr. said. “Ultimately all three schools are great schools, and I didn’t have a problem with any of them.
“He had to make the choice of what fits him, and he chose Stanford. I back him 100 percent.
“Just because myself, my wife, my daughter and my son all went to LSU didn’t mean he (Justin) was going to LSU.”