Timpview High School -- Provo, Utah
Outside Linebacker. 6'2" 240 pounds.
Rivals Rank: Three stars.
ESPN Rank: Three stars. #51 overall defensive end.
Scout Rank: Three stars; #58 overall defensive end.
247 Rank: Three stars; #43 overall defensive end.
Key Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Utah, Washington
Gabe Reid's signing is an investment in the future. He'll be heading off on a two-year mission after he graduates from high school, but when he returns in the summer of 2017, Stanford will be getting a linebacker in the mold of Thomas Keiser. Reid played defensive end in high school, but his size projects him as a linebacker at the college level, perhaps a pass-rushing specialist in Stanford's 3-4 scheme.
One key to his development will be how quickly he learns to drop back into pass coverage. I'm sure he's athletic enough make the transition, but there's no evidence that's he done this before. He starts every play in his senior year highlight film with his hand in the dirt on the end of the line. He explodes out of his stance, tosses blockers aside like rag dolls, and uses his speed to chase down the quarterback. It's quite impressive, and it will be interesting to see how the Stanford coaches choose to use him. We'll find out in two or three years.