Dutchtown High School -- Geismar, Louisiana
Safety. 6'2" 193 pounds.
Rivals Rank: Three stars; #47 overall safety.
ESPN Rank: Three stars; #73 overall safety.
Scout Rank: Four stars; #21 overall safety.
247 Rank: Four stars; #8 overall safety.
Key Offers: Arizona State, Harvard, LSU, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU
College football fans who follow the drama surrounding National Signing Day usually scan their schools' lists of signees searching for four- and five-star recruits. While a four-star recruit might win a game or two for his team, it's the three-star recruits who will win the championships.
Three-star safety Justin Reid could do just that for the Stanford Cardinal. Considering the quality of his bloodlines (he's the younger brother of San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid) and the quality of the programs who offered him scholarships, it's no surprise that the Stanford coaching staff expects big things from him. Reid was one of two recruits in this class who waited until signing day to make his intentions known, and his commitment, along with those of safety Ben Edwards and cornerbacks Quenton Meeks and Frank Buncom IV, gives the Cardinal perhaps its best ever incoming group of defensive backs. When you consider that those four players will be working with Duane Akina, perhaps the best defensive backs coach in America, it's hard not to be excited.
Reid's game film shows him doing all the things a safety needs to do in Stanford's defense. As the last line of defense, Reid is effective in pass coverage, but he's most impressive playing the run. He sheds blockers easily and shows great pursuit skills as he navigates through the churning mass of humanity at the line of scrimmage before pulling down a running back or sacking a quarterback. As further evidence of his athleticism, there are even a few clips of him kicking field goals, including a 45-yarder. I'm guessing, though, that his kicking days are behind him.