Three-star LB's decision not about coaches anymore

FOR THREE-STAR outside linebacker Gabe Reid, the decision on a school is not really about coaching anymore. The 6-2, 240-pound linebacker, ranked the No. 2 OLB in Utah, does have a strong connection with a coach at Washington State, though.

CF.C: What has Washington State high on your list at this point?
Gabe Reid: "I really, really like Coach Joe Salave'a. Everybody has good things to say about him, and he's a good guy. He grew up with my dad so they're good friends, too."

CF.C: Are there coaches at other schools you're seriously considering that you have a connection with that is similar to the one you have with Salave'a?
Reid: "At Utah, Kalani (Sitake) and my dad (are close but) Kalani is the one that just moved to Oregon State, the defensive coordinator. My dad and him played at BYU together but he's not at Utah anymore, so not necessarily. (So) Not with specific coaches. My dad played at BYU so there's a connection there but not with a specific coach, I would say."

CF.C: What will be the most important thing to you in ultimately choosing a school?
Reid: "That's hard. I don't think I could narrow it down to one single thing. Something I've been thinking about a lot lately is just, with so many coaching changes going on, a school that I'd be happy at, coaches aside, not thinking about specific coaches at that school, but a school I could see myself at no matter who the coaches are."

CF.C: Talk more about your thoughts on Washington State, what upsides do you see?
Reid: "Just the environment. And actually going into my visit, I was thinking it was going to be a downside just how small the community is there but after my visit, I opened my eyes a little bit to the family environment and how close everyone is there. I think that was definitely a big upside."

CF.C: Ultimately, why can you possibly see yourself in a Cougar uniform?
Reid: "I think it's a great school that's up-and-coming, and they've got a lot of good things going for them. All the players I talk to, they're feeling good about these next couple years, so I think it'll be to go somewhere where I know I can make an impact early, and also that they're on the rise."

CF.C: What schools are schools Washington State's biggest competition?
Reid: "I would say Stanford, BYU. Just with all the coaching changes, it's been kind of crazy. That's why I said I want to make sure it's a school that I'd be happy to go to aside from the coaches."

CF.C: What do you like about those two schools?
Reid: "My dad played at BYU, so ever since I was little, I've always looked at BYU as a place I wanted to play, but as I've gotten older, I've been able to expand my horizon, I guess. Stanford just as a great education, and a really good football program. And also with BYU being an LDS church school, so there's that."

CF.C: Which schools are recruiting you the most of late?
Reid: "I would have to say probably BYU, Stanford, Washington State, and Utah."

CF.C: What's the communication been like?
Reid: "I get a lot of messages on Twitter from Washington State. I get calls from BYU and Stanford pretty regularly, every week from the defensive coaches from those schools, and then Utah is kind of the same thing as Washington State. I'll get messages on Twitter, and I probably talk on the phone with those coaches every couple weeks, not as regularly as BYU and Stanford."

CF.C: Have any other new schools recently caught your attention?
Reid: "Not really. I'm still kind of looking at all the options and all the offers that I have, but I'm not sure yet."

CF.C: Do you have any other official visits or in-home visits scgeduled?
Reid: "I'm going out to Stanford next weekend for my official, and then at the end of the month, I'm going on my official to BYU."

CF.C: Do you plan to wait until Signing Day to make a decision?
Reid: "Yeah."

In addition to WSU, Stanford, BYU and Utah, Reid's page lists several other offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, and Oregon State.

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