The Utah Utes football program on Wednesday got a commitment from a longtime Pac-12 Conference opponent who has strong family ties to the Utes and also the rival BYU Cougars.

Stanford transfer linebacker Gabe Reid announced on social media that he will play his final season of collegiate eligibility with the Utes.

Listed by Stanford at 6-foot-2 and 236 pounds, Reid indicated in his announcement that he is looking forward to playing at Utah with his brother Karene, who had an excellent freshman season for the Utes in 2021 as a walk-on.

But the family ties run at both Utah and BYU for the Reids, and there was some thought that Gabe Reid could end up in Provo after he entered the transfer portal in December.

Of particular note, Gabe and Karene Reid’s father Spencer played for the Cougars from 1994-1997.

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Gabe Reid prepped at Timpview High School in Provo and signed from there to play for Stanford.

From 2018-2021, Reid tallied 168 total tackles, 10 sacks and an interception.

He will be joining a linebacking unit at Utah that is losing expected first-round NFL draft pick Devin Lloyd and fellow star Nephi Sewell, but the group still has plenty of talent heading into the 2022 season.