Former K-State DT Wants In At UMD

The Terps are continuing to mine the transfer ranks in order to fill positions of need, and one name that recently surfaced is former Kansas State defensive tackle C.J. Reese.

The Terps are continuing to mine the transfer ranks in order to fill positions of need, and one name that recently surfaced is former Kansas State defensive tackle C.J. Reese. The 6-foot-1, 273-pound redshirt freshman was recently granted his release and is attempting to find a new college home by the end of July or early August.

“You know, things just didn’t work out at Kansas State. It’s a great program, don’t get me wrong, but I just didn’t fit in there,” said Reese, a Bethesda, Md., native who is currently still on campus at K-State. “So now I’m just looking to find a program where I’m happy and a place where I’d have a better opportunity. Hopefully I can get some answers here pretty quickly, because I know camp and classes are starting.”

Thus far Reese, a three-star recruit out of James Madison High (San Antonio, Texas), said he has two scholarships on the table from Abilene Christian University and Stephen F. Austin. Meanwhile, programs like Houston, UTSA, Rice, North Texas, Texas State and Trinity Valley (junior college) are showing interest. But there’s one school in particular he’d really like to hear from.

“I’d love to see what Maryland thinks of me, because that’s where I’m from. I mean, my options are open and I’m going to go where I’m wanted and what place gives me the best opportunity, but Maryland is definitely at the top for me,” Reese said. “It’s a place I’ve been interested in since I was a little kid; it’s a program I grew up watching. So to get a scholarship from them would be amazing.”

Reese said he’s reached out to UMD’s defensive line coach, Chad Wilt, but hasn’t heard back yet. If/when Wilt lets him know of the Terps’ interest level, he’ll either make a move to schedule a visit or look in a different direction.

“If the scholarship opportunity is there, I’ll definitely get up there as soon as possible,” Reese said. “I was actually there once before at the end of my junior year. Maryland was recruiting me a little bit back in high school, and Coach [Brian] Stewart, he came down to Texas to see me. So I was up there for a campus tour and a game, and I liked it a lot. I think Maryland’s a great place, great stadium, great school.

“But what really got me excited about Maryland is when they moved to the Big Ten. I’ve always been a huge fan of that conference. And the way the program is coming up, I didn’t really see it like that as a little kid. So with what Coach [Randy] Edsall is doing there, it’s caught my eye. They’ve had a couple real nice years now.”

Reese was born in Bethesda and resided in and around the area until he was four years old. His mother, Charlotte Ramos, is in the Navy, and the family lived near Annapolis, Md., until Reese’s parents were divorced, Ramos moving back to her native Texas.

Reese has lived in San Antonio ever since, but said he visits Annapolis “every chance I can get,” including most holidays and during the summer.

“Like I said, Maryland would just be a great opportunity for me and my family,” Reese said. “My dad’s entire family is in Maryland, so it would be like going home for me.”

If Reese does indeed transfer to UMD or another Division I school, he will have to sit out a year due to NCAA rules. But the former Wildcat isn’t fazed in the slightest, as he’s eager to acclimate himself with a new program and help its defensive line.

“I’m quick off the ball, I can rush the passer, and I use my hands well,” said Reese, a two-time, second-team class 5A all-district performer at Madison. “Now I know if I played inside at tackle I’d have to gain weight, because I’m 265, 270, so I’d have to get up to 275, 280. But I can play outside too at defensive end if that’s where I’m needed. Wherever a team needs me, I’ll be ready to play.”

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