Reid In No Rush

Timpview (UT) DE/OLB Gabe Reid discusses his recruitment with UteSportsReport.com

One of the more "under the radar" recruits in the state of Utah for the 2015 class is without a doubt, Timpview DE/OLB Gabe Reid, but that hasn't stopped some big time schools from taking notice. "I have offers from BYU, Utah, Utah State, Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington State and Stanford. Out of those schools, I would say that I'm being recruited hardest by Stanford, BYU, Utah, Washington State and Utah State." With a great list of schools recruiting him, Reid has had the opportunity to visit some of those schools, including Stanford, BYU and Utah, but has yet to spend a lot of time up in Salt Lake City visiting the University of Utah. "I went to one of (Utah's) spring practices a couple of weeks ago, but I haven't been able to actually go and take a tour of the facilities yet." Since he hasn't been able to fully check out a lot of the schools recruiting him, Reid says he doesn't have any favorites, or even a top three or five. "I really want to keep my options open, but I think each school has its own attraction to me."

On the field, Reid is a menace for opposing offenses, but more specifically the quarterback. In 2013, Reid totaled 73 tackles, 9 sacks, 7 pass deflections and a fumble recovery. Reid says he especially likes to rush the quarterback, and that's something he wants to continue doing in college. "I want to be in a position where I can rush the quarterback. Whether that's in a 3-4 as an outside backer or a defensive end in a 4-3. I'm not sure I have preference though, I like both." Reid also has some other qualities that he's looking for in a school, one of them being related to being LDS. "I want to make sure there's an LDS Institute, and also a good education wherever I go. My family's approval will also play a huge part as well." With family being a vital part of Reid's life, one might be inclined to think that he is destined to attend BYU, where his uncle Gabriel, and father Spencer were standout football players. However, Reid stated that he will ultimately make the choice that best suits him. "I've had uncles play at BYU, Utah State and SUU. The fact that I've had family play at a school definitely connects me to that school, but at the end of the day, I have to make the decision that's best for me." Reid will also need to make the decision whether or not to stay close to home, but that's something that isn't weighing on his mind to heavily. "I think it would be nice to stay close to home, but I'm not opposed to leaving the state if it's the right fit for me."

Being LDS, Reid states that he will serve a two year Mormon mission straight after high school, and will then enroll in the school of his choice afterwards. Reid's decision on where he will play may not come for a while though. "I think I most likely won't make a decision until after the season." Reid's focus for the upcoming season will be squarely on winning a third straight state title for Timpview High School.

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