"It's been going really good," C.J. Reese said. "The team has been doing really well. I thought we'd have a harder time this season, but we've started off well and we seem to keep getting better every week."
Reese has committed to Kansas State to play defensive end. But this year, San Antonio Madison needed him to slide inside and play defensive tackle to help make up for the loss of Vincent Taylor, who graduated and moved on to Oklahoma State.
"I played inside my junior and senior year to give Vincent a break," Reese said. "Whatever the team needs me to do, I'll play whatever."
Reese said Taylor gave him advice on how to stand out, and how to handle the recruiting process, before leaving
"He just told me to play hard every snap, to not take a play off and to bust my tail," Reese said. "He said that a lot of coaches would be coming after me, and that I should look at which school I wanted to be at for the long run."
That coaches were going to be coming after Reese certainly wasn't a news flash. The high-motor defensive end started hearing from college coaches almost as soon as he moved up to the varsity level. And once Reese realized that he had a chance to be a Division 1 player, he altered his approach.
"I just started speaking to myself, telling myself that I'm not going to get stopped before every play," Reese said. "Every play, I wanted to be better than my opponent."
That Reese has accomplished that feat so often has given him a spot in a stacked defensive line class in San Antonio, including Derick Roberson and Trey Lealaimatafao (Texas), Josh Malin (Baylor) and others.
All four of those players are committed to Big 12 schools, and while Reese has pledged to Kansas State, another Big 12 school is likely gearing up for a run at his talents.
"Since I committed to Kansas State, Texas Tech has really shown a lot of interest in me," Reese said. "They've told me that they're going to offer me and keep on recruiting me."
Texas Tech has a nice pitch to offer Reese: they've already landed current teammate and friend Byron Daniels, a wide receiver.
Big 12 schools aren't the only ones to take notice. California has also offered the defensive end, and he said "Cal won't stop" with its pursuit.
"I think I'm going to take an official visit up to Cal," Reese said. "Cal and Texas Tech are really the ones recruiting me hard right now."