Defensive Tackle Looking For First Offer

Coming off a successful spring practice that finished with victories over Oxford and Theodore in their spring game, the Daphne Trojans firmly entrenched themselves as one of the teams to beat in Alabama's Class 6A ranks this season.

Daphne, Ala.--While the offense gets much of the glory with quarterback Chris Lambeth and wide receiver Richie Henderson putting up big numbers, the success of this season's Daphne High team will depend largely on the play of the defense and tackle D.J. Reese.

A big and physical prospect who started last season for the Trojans as they made it all the way to the state title game before losing to Hoover, Reese has gotten stronger since last season and that was evident by his performance two weeks ago in Foley.

Showing a good burst and change of direction at the line, Reese is a player colleges will pay close attention to as he heads into his senior season. He says that he's gained a lot of confidence since last year and hopes it translates into better play on the field.

"It felt great," Reese tells Inside The Auburn Tigers about playing well in the jamboree games. "Now that I'm a senior I know I'm a leader now. I have to step up to the plate and make plays and help my team out whenever I can.

"I feel pretty good about my play," he adds. "I have more experience. I have progressed pretty well to this point."

Reese plays well in space despite his size and can make plays behind the line of scrimmage.

A 6-3, 275-pounder, Reese has the size to help out teams at defensive tackle. Because of that he says he's getting some attention from top schools, but is still waiting on his first offer.

"I'm hearing from Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida State and Louisiana-Lafayette," he says. "I grew up an Alabama fan though."

To help out his chances of impressing coaches Reese says that he plans to make the rounds this summer taking in as many camps as possible. Along with his teammates, Reese is expected to camp at Auburn and says he has several more planned as well.

"I'm going to Alabama and probably Auburn," Reese says. "I'm also going to Florida and the Ragin' Cajuns' camp at Louisiana-Lafayette. There could also be a few more."

Reporting a personal best 40-yard dash time of 5.2 seconds as well as a 325 pound bench press, Reese adds that both are things he plans to work on heavily before next season. "I mainly need to work on my speed and strength," he says. "I'm pretty good at technique, but need to get my speed up."

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