His father Spencer Reid, who is currently serving as a young men’s president in his ward, played middle linebacker at BYU from 1994-97. His uncle Gabriel Reid played tight end at BYU from 1999-2002. His cousin Toloa’i Ho Ching is currently attending BYU and is a part of the football program. Now Karene Reid has the chance to follow in his father’s footsteps if he so chooses.
“Yeah, I’m very excited about my offer because I’ve always loved BYU,” said Reid. “The offer means a lot to me being that it’s my first big offer. I had a lot of uncles and family that went to BYU, so it just means a lot. I’m a BYU fan.”
The offer came while Reid was attending BYU’s summer camp recently.
“It was in [during] the BYU camp and on a Tuesday,” recalled Reid. “Coach Kalani Sitake pulled me aside and he just told me how much he wanted me to play at BYU and offered me a full ride scholarship.”
It appears that during the camp, Reid caught the eye of Coach Sitake, who has a reputation for spotting talent. Coach Sitake told Reid that he has some intangibles that would make him a very good outside linebacker.
“He talked to me and told me that he loves my instincts and the way I move to the ball,” Reid said. “He said he really liked how well I read and reacted to the ball and was able to be in the right spot at the right time.
“I play outside linebacker and I cover and rush the quarterback really well. I’m 6-1, 210-pounds and I’m going to be a junior next year, so I’ll graduate in 2018. I think Kalani sees my potential.”
Karene Reid doesn’t hold back when expressing his feelings for BYU’s head coach.
“I love Kalani and I love the direction of the program and the family mindset over there,” Reid said. “He’s a really good guy and I like him a lot.”
Reid is also open about his affection towards his church college BYU, for which his father, Spencer Reid, once played. However, the reason Karene Reid follows BYU football isn’t just because his father once roamed the middle of the Cougar defense. His reasoning also includes religious reasons.
“Well, what I love about BYU is the church aspect,” Reid said. “BYU is owned by the LDS church and I want to serve a mission out of high school. Also I’ve grown up here in Utah and it’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid to play at BYU. My dad played middle linebacker at BYU back in the day, so I grew up loving BYU and what it’s all about.”
His father Spencer Reid was a force in the middle of BYU’s defense during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. He was selected as the MVP in the Blue/Gray Classic game and was selected by BYU coaches as the most valuable defensive player of the season. Spencer Reid has shown his son some old BYU highlights of himself from back in the days.
“Yeah, my dad played middle linebacker back in the day,” Reid said. “He showed me some highlights of himself playing back in the day.”
Was he any good?
“He’s alright,” Reid jokingly said with a chuckle in his voice.
Karene’s older brother, Gabe Reid, also played at Timpview High School and held a BYU offer. However, he elected to attend Stanford and signed there prior to embarking on an LDS mission. Like his older brother Gabe, Karene also wishes to serve a mission as well.
“Yeah, I’m going to serve a mission right out of high school,” Reid said. “That’s something that I want to do to.”
However, before he trades his helmet and pads for a white shirt and tie, Karene Reid must make a decision on where he wants to play college football. As of now his only option is BYU, and although he loves BYU he’ll wait to see what options may come before making a final decision.
“I’m not planning on making a final decision right now,” he said. “I was thinking maybe after the season, so right now I’m just going to keep my options open. I’m so happy I have my first scholarship offer from Kalani and BYU. I couldn’t be more grateful for that.”