Temple's Reese expecting more in '08

There are several elite receivers in Central Texas in the Class of 2009, but a pass catcher that is seeing his stock rise is Temple speedster Tevin Reese. As a senior, Reese is looking to use his physical gifts to give Temple and explosive weapon in their offense in 2008.

One of the best kept secrets in Central Texas that is finally getting out to college coaches and recruiting coordinators across the region is the talents of Temple wide receiver Tevin Reese.

The simple fact that Reese's name is now surfacing is not because he under preformed last fall, or that he lacks physical ability to compete at the next level.

It is due largely to the fact that Temple's offense, the ground oriented wing-t attack that the Wildcats have seen return for their glory days from the late 1970's to the late 1990's under legendary head coach Bob McQueen is back as their weapon of choice. It has helped Temple get their name back on the Texas High School landscape as the Wildcats had one of the top rushing attacks in Central Texas last season, spearheaded by 2010 blue chip running back Lache Seastrunk, and won the District 13-5A championship.

With three running backs touching the ball the majority of the time it did not allow many chances for Reese to get his hands on the football. That did not stop him from making plays during the Wildcats 7-4 season like his 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a season opening win over South Garland.

Reese is blessed with exceptional speed as he routinely clocks his 40-yard dash times in the sub-4.5 range and was pulled in a 4.59 on a slow track at the Scout.com/Under Armour Combine at the Dallas Cowboys practice facility at Valley Ranch. The combine was a bit of a coming out party of sorts for Reese, who was recently given three-star prospect status by Scout.com as the nation's No. 98 ranked wide receiver. Reese was also impressive with his 37-inch vertical jump, a 4.41 time in the short shuttle, a 6.91 in the three-cone drill, and a 10-1 measurement in the standing broad jump to round out one of the top showings at the event.

Reese has continued his hot streak this summer with his play during the 7 on 7 season as his efforts helped Temple advance to the state tournament in College Station earlier this month. Even with Seastrunk on the field Reese was extremely impressive in his route running, his ability to create separation from defenders, and his ability make plays after the catch.

"I just like being out here with all of my friends and teammates and coming together as a team," said Reese at the event.

As far as if he will get more passes thrown his way this fall, Reese's talents should be on display a lot more this fall as the Temple coaches seem focused on getting their star receiver more involved in the game plan.

"Our coaches have been saying that we are going to throw the ball next year so I am looking forward to that," said Reese. "I'll take whatever I can get and its fun to get out here with the quarterback and throw it."

If he can put up some numbers this fall, his recruiting stock should climb significantly as Baylor, TCU, and Texas Tech have shown heavy interest in the speedster as of late.

Reese's goals for the more immediate future are not only helping Temple get back to the playoffs but to make a nice. The Wildcats came close to making a run last season but they lost in the first round of the playoffs, dropping an overtime thriller to eventual state finalist Pflugerville. Reese says that even with the bulls-eye on their collective backs, the Wildcats are hungry for success as they take aim on their first state championship since 1992.

"Our expectations are higher than last year," Reese said. "We got to go to the playoffs last season and went out in the first round, but this year we want to go win state."

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