Swinney Giving Alabama QB Hard Sell

Alabama QB Tribble Reese visited his third ACC campus in two weeks as he took an official visit to North Carolina State this weekend. CUTigers.com caught up with Reese on Sunday night and we've got the latest on his visit to Raleigh and his recruitment to Clemson by Coach Swinney.

QB Tribble Reese
6-3, 210, 4.7
Mountain Brook High School
Mountain Brook, Alabama

The Alabama standout visited North Carolina State this weekend, and he came away very impressed. "It was awesome. I had never been there. All the stuff up there is first class. I got to talk with Phillip Rivers a while. Phillip called me over and talked to me about the offense."

The 6-3, 210 pound prospect stopped by Clemson last weekend on his way back from an official visit to Wake Forest. "Last weekend I went up to an official visit at Wake Forest and I stopped by Clemson on the way back. Coach Dabo Swinney showed us around the whole campus. I also got to talk with Coach Bowden and Coach O'Cain."

Reese has already scheduled an official visit to Clemson for January 9 and 3 top programs are fighting for his final two visits. "Ole Miss came by last week. Jimbo Fisher from LSU came by as well. Notre Dame is coming to the school tomorrow. I will probably go to 2 of those for my final official visits."

The Mountain Brook standout does not have a leader at this point. "I do not have a leader right now. I am getting a lot more attention right now."

Reese is not sure when he will make a commitment. "I don't know when I will commit. I would like to at least talk to the coaches a lot before I get close a commitment."

Coach Swinney is making sure the Alabama gunslinger knows that the Tigers would love to have him running down the hill next year. "Coach Swinney came by the school last Thursday to visit. It was a surprise visit. They called me out of class. Coach Swinney also tried to call earlier today. I believe he is going to call back tonight."

The talented prospect will be trying to find the school where he feels most comfortable with the atmosphere and the coaches over the next few weeks. "I want to go where I feel comfortable. You can feel it when you walk around campus. Every school I've been to I like the players. All these schools are so good. I want to love my position coach and head coach."

Reese is looking for an offensive system that likes to put the ball in the air. "I like the offensive systems that Clemson and NC State have where you're going to spread it out and throw. You see what Charlie and Phillip did this year. I like an offense that throws a lot and puts pressure on the quarterback. I do well under pressure."

Early playing time is not a concern for the prize recruit. "It's not really a big concern. I honestly think I'll get redshirted."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding quarterback from Alabama, right up through signing day 2004.

Editor's Note
Reese later commented to StateFans.com publisher James Henderson Sunday evening, "I heard a Clemson website said I was close to committing but that's not true," he said. "I don't have any favorites right now and my top schools are Wake Forest (12/5 OV), Clemson (1/9 OV), NC State (12/12 OV), Notre Dame, LSU, and Ole Miss."

Obiviously, Reese was not talking about CUTigers.com, but never the less, it does appear that the Tigers are in good shape with the Alabama gun slinger.

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