Verbally committed to Louisville since early March, the offer from the Wolverines gave Reese much more to consider in his recruitment, ultimately, and quickly, leading him to flip that commitment to Michigan.
“It was midweek that I decided this is the move I want to make,” Reese said. “I wish I was Harbaugh’s first but I understand the quarterback. It was just the right decision to make.”
“Just the chance to bring Michigan back,” added Reese. “Being like 15 minutes from home, it’s not far. It feels like the state needs me or Michigan needs me and when you get that call from the dream school it’s tough to turn that down.”
Reese said he also had a chance to speak with the coaching staff at Louisville this week to let them know of his decision, calling it a very “tough thing to do.”
Either way, it’s clear the 6-foot-1, 235-pound athlete went with his heart and not surprisingly ended up joining the Wolverines.
“Coach knew and I think everybody knew,” Reese said. “I told Chris Singletary before; he’s family, and he was the first one to know. He gave the message to Coach Harbaugh and everyone on the Michigan staff.”
A very aggressive player on both sides of the football at linebacker and fullback, Reese plans to enter the program as a defensive player.
“Coach Harbaugh said I could play any position and wherever my heart is at I can play. I’ll be playing linebacker. If I don’t start at linebacker I’d be open to fullback.”
“I can see myself playing anywhere on the defense,” added Reese. “Inside, outside linebacker. Just to be around that energy and I’ll be an early graduate as well.”
Michigan senior linebacker Joe Bolden led Team Maize with a game high 13 total tackles in the Wolverines’ spring game. Keeping a close eye on the group, Reese believes he’ll fit in well.
“He was all over the place,” he said. “His and (Desmond) Morgan’s leadership was unbelievable and the defense had a good showing.”
For now, some of the attention will turn to Reese’s teammate in 2016 four-star wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick.
Like Reese, Fitzpatrick previously offered up a verbal commitment to Louisville last fall, one he still maintains to this day. Regardless, Reese has his recruiting hat on and believes it could pay off soon.
“I talked to him a lot actually and I was in his ear a whole bunch,” Reese said. “He’s very close. In the near future I could see him becoming a Wolverine.”