Under the circumstances, you’d figure Dutchtown High safety Justin Reid would get plenty of advice about which college to sign with from family members.
His father, Eric Sr., was an All-American hurdler for the LSU track team, and one of his older brothers, Eric Jr., was a star LSU safety and is now a standout for the San Francisco 49ers.
But it was another brother who offered up the best advice. Reid is set to announce his choice among LSU, Notre Dame or Stanford during a signing ceremony set for approximately 12:35 p.m. Wednesday in the school’s gym.
Teammates Alonzo Craighton (Minnesota) and Hunter Austin (Nicholls State) also are scheduled to sign. A total of 18 schools in the Baton Rouge area are scheduled to have football players sign Wednesday.
“My dad has told everyone who asks him that just because he went to LSU and Eric went to LSU, it doesn’t mean that’s where I’ll go,” Reid said. “My dad and Eric both made it clear they want me to make my own decision.
“The thing I didn’t realize when I was watching my brothers go through this was just how stressful it is. I’m 17 years old and I’m making a decision that is going to have a major impact on my life.”
Reid became a hot commodity in recruiting circles last summer. He narrowed his choices to the three schools after visits and some scrutiny. Reid is one of two Baton Rouge-area LSU targets whose signing status won’t be revealed until Wednesday.
University high running back Nick Brossette has long been an LSU commitment but could opt for Texas. Brossette has not granted interviews since making Texas and LSU his final visits.
The fact that Brossette is scheduled to sign at approximately the same time adds a little to the drama.
Reid said advice from his other brother, Coastal Carolina soccer player Ryan Reid, was insightful. After he did a pro-con list, Reid said he took sheets of paper and cut up 75 strips, putting LSU, Notre Dame and Stanford 25 strips each and them putting them in a fish bowl.
“It’s not about which school you draw first or which school’s name you pull out the most, Reid said. “It’s about your reaction when you pull each school out of the fish bowl. I learned a lot from that. I’m blessed to have some great schools offer me scholarships.”
Reid, an All-Metro and first-team All-District 5-5A choice who plans a business administration major, says he feels good about his choice. He said he may ponder it a bit more before picking up an LSU, Notre Dame or Stanford cap from the table Wednesday.