Following a strong sophomore season, Reese is beginning to see his recruiting profile rise with consistent contact and interest from both in-state powers Michigan and Michigan State.
Sunday, Reese ventured over to Ann Arbor to take in the Wolverines’ basketball game with Wisconsin, spending quite a bit of one on one time with the Michigan football coaching staff.
“I had a fun visit,” Reese said. “When I first got up there I had the chance to meet the defensive coordinator and I had a chance to talk to Coach Smith. He showed me his office and things and we talked for a while.
“They took my height and weight and then we went in the meeting room to watch a video on the Notre Dame game.”
The game inside Crisler Center was the first for Reese and although some high level Big Ten basketball was on display, his attention was squarely focused on his surroundings as much as the ongoing competition.
“It’s a beautiful atmosphere,” Reese said. “The energy level increased a bit, that was fun to see.
“You could just see the difference in a ‘Michigan man’ between other colleges. The players, their players are all student-athletes and I could see myself fitting into a place like that.”
Unlike on a football game day, the Michigan coaching staff had extended time to visit with and interact with the good number of recruits in attendance Sunday. For Reese, that was his favorite aspect of the trip, specifically his time with Greg Mattison.
“The biggest part that I had there was really with Coach Mattison,” Reese said. “Coach Mattison has a great personality, I got the chance to talk to him throughout almost the whole day and met his wife.
“We talked about the intensity that they have in their defense, how they’re going to blitz their linebackers and things like that, and how I see myself fitting into their defense.”
Reese, still awaiting word on his first official scholarship offer of the recruiting process, says he plans to attend Michigan’s one day football camp this upcoming June, eager to prove himself.
Following the visit, Reese hesitated to name a favorites but it’s clear his time in Ann Arbor was well worth it.
“I’m still open with my decisions but it did move, I mean, Michigan, it was very impressive seeing that place,” Reese said.
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was in Reese’s school a couple weeks ago, planning to get up to East Lansing for another visit soon.