CJ Reese: Reason For Commiting

MANHATTAN, kan. - Social networking is a great way to connect with people from other areas of the country. It can be also used as a way of making your commitment known to a college recruiter. Such was the case with C.J. Reese of James Madison High School in San Antonio when he decided to pledge to the Kansas State Wildcats on Monday morning.

"I messaged Coach Dimel on Facebook to let him know I was committing," said Reese. "I felt like Kansas State was in a different ball park than the other schools that were recruiting me. I get the chance to play for a good team in the Big 12 conference. I think it's the perfect fit as far as a combination of football, environment, and campus.

"I spoke with Coach Dimel again tonight. I asked him what position they like me and and he told me I had my choice of playing defensive end or defensive tackle. He said I was being recruited as a defensive lineman and could play wherever I felt like fit me the best."

Reese said he received a letter from Kansas State a month ago stating he had an offer, but wasn't sure until a week ago when he spoke with Dana Dimel to confirm it.

"I've only been to Missouri for their Junior Day so I haven't stepped foot yet on campus in Manhattan," Reese explained. "Coach Dimel wants me to come up for the Spring Game this weekend and i'm going to do my best to try to get there. If I can't make it, I'll definitely make a trip when school lets out.

"It feels really great to be finished with recruiting. I know I'll be playing at a big school in a great football conference. It's just, I don't really know how to say it, but it feels like a gift from God. Every high school players dreams of getting to play in college and now I get to live my dream."

In his Junior season, Reese (6-foot-4, 260-pounds) switched around all over the Mavericks defense line. He said he's looking forward to taking over the leadership role on defense from Vincent Taylor, who signed with Oklahoma State in February.

"Last year I picked up on a lot of things I wasn't doing as a sophomore," Reese said. "Next year I think I'll be even better. It's going to be my time. I'm going to step up and be the captain on defense."

In 2012, Reese had 40 tackles, six pass deflections, two sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries. He was named second team All-District in Texas Class 5A Region IV District 26. Reese selected Kansas State over offers from Colorado, Nevada, and SMU.

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