Following Maryland’s Big Show camp June 27, Farmington (Mich.) middle linebacker David Reese, a current Michigan commitment, said he was highly interested in the Terps and could be ready to flip in short order. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound three-star hinted that a decision could come as early as June 30, 48 hours after staying overnight in College Park, Md.
Reese isn’t quite ready to make up his mind, but he did have a good time during his two-day stay.
“I had a great time at Maryland, both for the camp and staying the night on campus,” said Reese, who originally committed to Louisville in March before flipping to Michigan a month later. “I really vibed with the players [June 27], and then I got to see what it’s like to be a student-athlete there a day later. I saw the schedule they have and just the everyday routine of a football player at Maryland. It was a great experience and it’s a great place.”
Reese, who isn’t sure if/when he’ll decommit from the Wolverines, said he spent the majority of his stay June 28 with linebacker Avery Thompson. The Michigan product said Thompson gave him the lowdown on the coaches, the defensive scheme and the school itself.
“The main thing he kept telling me was how you have to work hard to keep your edge, and you have to make sure your grades are right there,” Reese said. “He said the coaches really push you on the field, but they make sure you’re working in the classroom too. So that sounded great to me, because academics are very important. It sounds like the coaches really care about you there.”
Reese went on to praise the campus, Maryland’s location near Washington, D.C., and the facilities. He called the soon-to-be-constructed indoor practice fields, upgraded weight room and the like “really awesome” and said he “couldn’t wait” to see what those looked like when they’re finished.
Reese also couldn’t say enough about the UMD staff. He said he’s in constant communication with recruiter Lyndon Johnson, while head coach Randy Edsall and defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski left an impression during his College Park visit.
“Coach Johnson has been talking to me for a long time, a real long time,” Reese said. “He’s been up to my school and he’s always talking to me. He talks to my dad on Facebook and stuff a lot too, so he has a good relationship with both of us. We’re pretty tight. And Coach Edsall, we talked a bit, and he was saying how much he enjoyed seeing me at the camp and really liked watching me perform. He said he really wants and needs me there.
“So that meant a lot to me. Maryland is pushing for me, and I know I’d have an opportunity to play there.”
The Farmington prospect has more than just coaches in his ear. He said current commits Dwayne Haskins (Bullis/Potomac, Md.) and Jeffery Pooler (Chaminade Julienne/Dayton, Ohio) contact him often via Twitter.
“Dwayne was talking to me at the camp, him and Adam McLean. Dwayne’s been pushing for me and telling me about the Movement,” Reese said. “The players coming in there, it’s going to be a real good class coming into Maryland. And Jeff, I’ve gone to camps with him and stuff, and he’s a great guy. He’s going to be a great player for Maryland, and he’s been trying to get me to join him there.
“But we’ll see. Maryland is definitely up there for me, but I’m not sure yet what I’m doing.”
Reese said he might return to Louisville in mid- to late-July. However, he still has to discuss that impending trip with his parents and the Cardinals’ coaches before heading down to Kentucky.
But Reese said he’ll “definitely” be heading to Ann Arbor, Mich., August 2. He’s unsure if he’ll return to College Park or not.
“I should have my decision made by like mid-August,” Reese said. “This time I want it to be definite. I know this time it has to be real, so I want to make sure I’m definitely making the right decision.”
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