Eric Reid did not visit Santa Clara in the run-up to the draft. But he did have a long conversation with Jim Harbaugh at the scouting combine in February. The topic: Why Reid, whom Harbaugh and Stanford energetically recruited, decided to play at LSU instead.
"The story comes full circle that he ended up drafting me," Reid said, via phone, from New York.
The reason he chose the Tigers over the Cardinal, Reid said, is because he is from Louisiana. He was born in Baton Rouge and "bled purple and gold." Still, he noted that Stanford was the only team that recruited him as heavily as LSU. Reid was rated as the top defensive player in Louisiana by Rivals.com. Asked to describe his style of play, the first word Reid used was "cerebral." Indeed, he was named to the SEC academic honor roll the last two seasons, and his high school transcript passed muster for Stanford.
Reid also said that his mother, Sharon, hoped he was picked by the 49ers. Why? Because Sharon Reid is a traveling nurse who makes regular trips to San Jose. The 49ers' practice facility is just a few miles away in Santa Clara, and the team will begin playing its home games there in 2014.
"She's been going back and forth to California since I was in middle school," he said.
Reid also said he looked forward to playing for assistant secondary coach Greg Jackson, who played safety at LSU from 1985-88.
-- Matt Barrows