Broward County is an area of the country with great football and great athletes so when someone is the second leading receiver in the county, colleges take notice. Therefore, colleges have taken notice of Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast wide receiver Xavier Reese. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect is starting to iron out his visit schedule and there will be two schools in particular that he takes in.
On the top of the list for Reese are the Big Ten programs of Purdue and Minnesota. Purdue will likely be the first stop on his official visit tour.
"I actually got the Purdue trip coming up," Reese said. "It's set on the 25th of this month. I set it actually last week. What I was going to do was come in for the November game but Coach Hope wants me to come in earlier."
Purdue being the first trip in the books for Reese is not by chance. He has Purdue as his No. 1 program at the moment for several reasons.
"I have a great relationship with Coach Hope how is going to be the next head coach," he said. "Of course there is the spread offense and then there is the ability to come in there and start early because there is six seniors right now that are leaving so that's another thing that is real intriguing."
Along with Purdue, Reese will definitely be heading north to Minnesota at some point for an official visit though the date has not been finalized.
"I was going to go up there the 8th but it may have to be some time later because I've got homecoming that weekend so it's not official," he said. "Those are the two I know for sure I'm going to visit."
Another school that has been showing increased interest of late is Mississippi State. Though he doesn't have an offer yet, one may be coming soon and a visit may be coming soon after.
"Last week, I think it was Thursday, Coach McCorvey, the offensive coordinator, came down and coach Grimes and they said they were interested in me and all they needed was a transcript and film and they would offer."
What does Reese think about the SEC program?
"It's a good program, especially since it's in the SEC. That's probably one of the best if not the best conference in the nation. I've been talking to some other SEC schools but they seem the most interested."
After teammate David Gilbert, a four-star defensive end, recently committed to Wisconsin, Northeast High School could soon turn into a Big Ten pipeline. Along with Reese, twins safeties Isaac and Jacob Geffard of Northeast will likely be visiting Minnesota as well and running back Travis Laurent is gaining an increasing interest from Big Ten programs.