After landing Northville (MI) four-star offensive lineman David Moorman in the 2015 recruiting cycle, the first lower-Michigan prospect to commit to UW since Zac Matthias in the 2009 class, the Badgers are looking to see if their momentum carries forward into 2016. Over the weekend, Wisconsin hosted Farmington (MI) middle linebacker David Reese, who called the visit to Madison a “great trip.”
“It was a real great setting and there was only three or four of us up there,” Reese told BadgerNation. “I had a real good time and they showed us the facilities and everything. All the facilities are basically new. I got that one on one time with (defensive coordinator Dave Aranda) and got the chance to go over the defense. He said that he loved my physical play and can really see me fitting in the defense. I spent a lot of time with Coach Strickland, and we went over some film study and plays along with Coach Chryst.”
Saying he likes to deliver a physical brand of football, Reese’s mindset and his 6-2, 235-pound frame have equaled a lot of interest early in the recruiting process. A three-star prospect, Reese holds several offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Louisville, Miami (OH), Ohio, Pittsburgh, Toledo and Western Michigan.
He hopes to add the Badgers to that list after seeing what they all have to offer.
“My interest in Wisconsin is very strong,” said Reese, rated a three-star prospect. “I could really see myself playing there with their physical type of play and the type of linebackers they have. They said they really love my film, and I’m really, really close to an offer.
“An offer from Wisconsin would mean a lot. I mean, just knowing their type of play, the facilities, the fans, atmosphere and the stability of the program is great.”
Planning to visit Louisville this weekend before taking a break, Reese is like many other prospects going through the recruiting process, saying he’s looking for the best fit and taking a hard look at his college choices.
When it does come time to make that final decision, what will be the main factors he takes into consideration?
“The ability to play at the next level, academics because I’m looking for a great accounting degree, the game day atmosphere and the fans that means a lot to me,” said Reese. “I would also say the guys (teammates) as well.”