Fort Pierce Central High School football coach Josh Shaffer talks about new Bulldog signee Stewart Reese

Mississippi State went into the 2016 recruiting cycle looking for some talented offensive linemen to bolster their lineup going forward. Late in the process, the Bulldogs were able to secure an official visit and ultimately the signing day signature of Fort Pierce Central High School four star Stewart Reese. Fighting Cobra head football coach Josh Shaffer believes the Bulldogs have signed a potential NFL player.

Stewart Reese pledged his college allegiance to Mississippi State the Monday before National Signing Day. The Scout national 300 member followed through with his pledge by putting pen to paper on Wednesday making his selection official. 

Reese's former head football coach, believes Reese brings a lot to the table both on and off of the field. 

"Stewart is a very quiet and sort of reserved guy," Shaffer said. "He is not on social media and he's not a guy that really wants a lot of attention. He just sort of goes about his business and does his job.

"He is a leader in his church, he is a leader in his community and a leader at school. He has a 3.8 GPA and he works very hard in everything he does. 

"Stewart has been an All-State selection two years in row in Florida's highest classification, so he's been able to accomplish a lot in his career."

Reese's off the field milder side is absent once the Friday Night lights come on. The talented big man has learned how to play with a real nasty streak.

"We were playing one of the ranked opponents on our schedule his sophomore year, when the defensive lineman hit him in the face," Shaffer said. "Things sort of changed right then and there. He started getting pancake after pancake and he just wore that poor kid out.

"From that day forward, he sort of learned how to flip the switch. He's a still a nice guy off of the field, but when the whistle blows he's ready to go."

The Bulldogs have needs at both offensive tackle and offensive guard. Shaffer believes that Reese has the chance to contribute at both spots depending on his own personal growth.

"Where he plays is going to depend on where he ends up weight wise," Shaffer said. "He played tackle of us at 305 and I don't think I have ever seen a better offensive tackle in my life. If he doesn't get back down to that weight, then I think he's going to play at guard and be able to play at a high level there.

"If they can get him down to around 305 again, then I think he's probably an NFL 1st round guy. If they play him at guard, then I still think he has the chance to be a guy who has a great college career and has the chance to be drafted very early."

Reese is slated to graduate in the spring and enroll at Mississippi State in June in time for the summer school sessions and summer conditioning drills. The Bulldogs will look to replace departed senior starters Rufus Warren at left tackle and Justin Malone at left guard this season.

Coach Dan Mullen and his staff signed three offensive line prospects in the 2016 signing class. Reese joined Philadelphia High School product Greg Eiland and DeSoto Central big man Dareun Parker in the Bulldogs' 18 man signing class.


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