Four-Star Stewart Reese Considering UCLA

Oct. 8 -- Scout 300 offensive guard Stewart Reese plans on waiting until the end of the season before taking official visits, but mentions five schools that are in line to receive one...

Stewart Reese, a Scout 300 prospect and the nation's 16th-ranked offensive guard out of Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central, is a mauler in the interior who really engulfs and overpowers his opponent at the point of attack. Tipping the scales at a massive 6-foot-6, 333 pounds, Reese is an offensive tackle on the prep level that will have to shift inside nearly a year from now.

The four-star prospect has set time aside for the recruiting process, but plans on waiting until the end of his senior campaign before hitting the road for any of his five official visits. Reese is in no hurry to take the next step and lock in any visit dates, but lists five schools that are highly likely to receive an official visit at some point 

"Florida State, Nebraska, Georgia, and probably Michigan State," Reese said. "I was looking at UCLA and I'm going to have to take a trip out there to see if their school is anything I'd consider."

Academics have always been priority No. 1 for this senior offensive lineman, who has aspirations to become an orthopedic surgeon once his football days come to an end. Reese, who has a teammate in Greg Simmons that's verbally committed to Nebraska, recently did his extended research and came away with a better understanding of what the Cornhuskers can offer him as a student-athlete. 

"I like their program," Reese said. "They're coming around and heading in the right direction. Their medical program is something I was really looking at because I want to go into a medical program when I get to college. Those are some factors that really help me make my decision.

"(Greg) talks about it every day (laughter). He's always like, 'They want you, they want you.' I told him I'm considering, so." 

Michigan State's reputation in the classroom is the reason why Mark Dantonio's football program is getting a hard look from this Sunshine State native.

"I looked up the academic part of their program and it's real good," Reese said. "I like their program."

Reese has a history with Florida State, including a family member that used to strap on the pads for the Seminoles as well. The 'Noles have had some bumps along the way, but are currently sitting in the top 15 with a perfect 4-0 record.

Along with a boatload of additional Florida State targets, Reese plans on making the trek up to Tallahassee for Florida State's matchup with Miami on Saturday evening. 

"I think they're heading in a good direction," Reese said. "They've had a few tough games here in the past few weeks, but I think they're coming around. I really like the program and I really like the academic part of the program, so it's a real good school."

UCLA is one school that certainly hasn't been linked to Reese's recruitment, but a stellar start to the 2015 season with a 4-1 record has really piqued the interest of recruits from all over the country.

"I haven't really talked to the (UCLA) coaching staff, but I was just watching them play on TV and I feel like I really fit their schemes," Reese said. "I was looking at the academic part and they were ranked real high in the field of medicine I want to get into, so that's another thing I wanted to look at if I did go there."

Reese says he has no leaders in his recruitment.

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