Reese picks Florida
As a mid-year graduate, Farmington, Mich., linebacker David Reese had only weeks left before he enrolled in college. So, with four official visits under his belt the three-star prospect announced on Friday which school he would be attending.
"I'm going to be committing to the University of Florida," Reese announced at a ceremony at his school. "Florida is a great program, playing in the best conference in college football. It is a great opportunity to come in and play as a freshman."
The 6-foot-1, 238-pound Reese made his official visit to Florida the weekend of Nov. 27 and watched the Gators play host to in-state rivals Florida State. What he noticed was a Florida defense in need of bodies in the middle.
"The opportunity is there to compete and get thrown right in the fire and that is what I want," Reese told InsideTheGators.com following that visit.
Reese had originally committed to Michigan last April, but stepped away from that commitment on Dec. 9. He made an official visit to Nebraska in early November, then took official visits to TCU and Texas in December.
The Gators associate head coach Randy Shannon continued to make sure Reese knew he was a priority, though. Shannon made an in-home visit with the Reese family last Wednesday, then brought head coach Jim McElwain with him for a final in-home visit this past Sunday night after the Reese's returned from Texas.
"Just the guys that he coached like Ray Lewis and Jon Beason, he has really molded and grown the type of linebacker that I'm looking forward to being. He is the type of guy that I really look forward to learning from and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to do so.
Reese is coming off a senior season in which he recorded 150 tackles from his middle linebacker position and doubled as a fullback on offense. Reese is ranked as the No. 16 inside linebacker prospect and the No. 10 player in the state of Michigan's 2016 class.