The phrase “wise beyond one’s years” certainly applies when talking about Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County safety/linebacker Otis Reese. After his team suffered a 26-7 loss to Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside last week the talented youngster offered up the kind of perspective that should help get his team right back on the winning track.
"(We) just have got to come Monday and get better,” said Reese. “It starts at 7 a.m. We'll wake up and go to film, practice, and just get better. We've got to hold everybody accountable."
"Keep our head up. The only thing that can come from this is us getting better. An 'L' is not an 'L' if you learn from it."
The Michigan commit has modeled the behavior he wants his teammates to emulate, and that starts with the commitment he shows to continue to improve his game.
“(I’m) just better mentally... a better athlete,” Reese said regarding his growth since last year. "I want to get faster, I want to get quicker feet, I want to get bigger muscles, I want get more explosive, and get more flexible. Just become a better athlete."
That attitude is only part of what clearly had Michigan assistant Chris Partridge excited on the sideline last Friday. He was likely also pleased with the versatility Reese showed on the field en route to a 17-tackle performance. The talented youngster seems like a perfect fit for the “Viper” position currently manned by Jabrill Peppers. Other programs have taken notice and Reese intends to visit a number of them, but he insists his bond with the Maize & Blue is strong.
"Michigan is still my No. 1 school,” he said. “My recruiting process is open, but Michigan is still my No. 1.”
For much more from Reese including his thoughts on Michigan’s plan for his and his efforts to recruit a couple of his teammates for the Wolverines, press play above.