It went really well, really good," said C.J. Reese.
Reese said the main part that struck him was watching the practice.
"Watching the pass-rush one-on-ones, they really worked with the players," Reese said. "They didn't just throw you in there and make you do your own thing. They showed you step-by-step what to do. I liked that."
Reese left Austin without a scholarship offer, though the coaches did tell him that one could be coming in the future.
"They just told me I might be getting an offer soon," Reese said. "They said they were going to come down this spring and look at me, that I'm one of the guys they'll be looking at."
But Reese said he grew up a Texas fan.
"Texas is my No. 1 school no matter what," Reese said. "If Texas offered me pretty soon, this will be a done deal."
For their part, the Longhorns are attracted to the scheme versatility that Reese offers. At 260 pounds, Reese said the coaches said they saw him playing both outside and inside.
Reese was part of a strong defensive line — along with 2013 Oklahoma State signee Vincent Taylor — that helped San Antonio Madison to yet another strong season and a nice playoff run. Taylor will be gone in 2014, but Reese is still part of a strong nucleus that includes quarterback Cody Ennis and receiver Byron Daniels that is capable of making another run.
"Our goal, and everybody's goal, is to win state," Reese said. "But you have to go step-by-step and just do the things that are going to help our team get better like hitting the gym and working as a team. This will be our senior year, so we'll try to get it this year."
As has been the case the last few years, the first game may be the toughest. Madison will again open the season against fellow San Antonio area power Cibolo Steele. Madison won the 2010 contest, with Steele winning the last two.
"Our coach even asks us: 'Do you really want to lose to Steele again,'" Reese said. "To beat Steele, that's one of our main goals. Beat Steele and go to state."