Late last month, the University of Louisville became the first program from a Power 5 conference to extend a scholarship offer to linebacker David Reese when assistant Terrell Buckley visited wide receiver commit Desmond Fitzpatrick at his Farmington, Mich., school.
"I'm very excited about my first power-five offer," he told Scout.com shortly after receiving the offer. "I ran into coach when he came to see Dez and when he shook my hand, he got excited and told me 'that's how I like them.' Then he talked to his linebackers coach and told me he would give me a call tomorrow."
Reese was scheduled to travel to Louisville this weekend at attend the Cardinals Junior Day, but the event was canceled due to an expected winter storm on Friday night and into Saturday.
"I'm excited to make a visit there," he told Cardinal Authority. "I was a little disappointed when coach told me that they were going to cancel it, but I understand how things like that will happen. We're going to reschedule to visit soon."
While already holding scholarship offers from nearly every program in the MAC, the one from Louisville meant a little bit more to the Scout.com three-star prospect.
"It felt great," Reese said. "They are a top-notch team and there defense is definitely top-notch. They play in the ACC, which is a very tough conference."
Interest from other programs also spiked immediately following Louisville's offer. Cincinnati and Indiana have added scholarship offers and many others are expressing a sincere interest.
"It's pretty crazy," he explained. "It feels great to have schools showing that kind of interest in you. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can about them."
The offer from Louisville also creates the opportunity to continue to remain a teammate Fitzpatrick, a close friend.
"It feels great to know that a school that my teammate is going to has offered me," he said. "It'll be good to visit down there soon."
The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Reese had a stellar sophomore campaign at Farmington, receiving 1st Team All-Conference honors after leading the county with 117 tackles, including 6 sacks.