The Detroit News continues its countdown of the top 15 Blue Chip recruits for 2016 with David Reese of Farmington at No. 11.
David Reese has no second thoughts about his decision to decommit from Michigan to enroll early at Florida, where he is now settled in, taking five classes while participating in offseason workouts with the Gators.
Reese, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker, had an outstanding senior season at Farmington High, getting in on 150 tackles, including 91 solo hits, to help the Falcons earn a state playoff appearance.
When Reese was denied the opportunity to enroll early at Michigan, he reopened his recruitment and picked the Gators over Texas and Nebraska, all granting him the opportunity to come in early.
“I’m happy with where I’m at, glad I’m here at Florida,” Reese told The Detroit News during a phone interview. “Randy Shannon, the linebackers coach, is a big reason I’m here. He’s been around a long time, coached some great players. He’s a great teacher and I’m taking it all in.
“They let me come in early and I love the opportunity they’re giving me. The guys are great, too.”
Reese, a member of The Detroit News Dream Team, says he looks up to Florida senior linebacker Jarrad Davis. Davis had 98 tackles, 11 for lost yardage, and bypassed the NFL draft for his final season with the Gators.
“He pushes you and motivates you to get better,” Reese said. “I just want to learn as much as I possibly can.”
The Gators had a strong defense last season, which helped them reach the SEC championship game, losing to eventual national champion Alabama.
Former Miami head coach Randy Shannon (2007-10) is co-defensive coordinator, as well as linebackers coach. Shannon was a starter on Miami’s national championship team in 1987.
Reese was a starter since his freshman year at Farmington, collecting 448 career tackles. He had five sacks, forced four fumbles and recovered six fumbles his senior year.
Reese said he got stronger and faster ahead of his senior season, running a 4.7 40, by working out with Nate Collins at D1 Sports Training in Bloomfield Township.
“I had a great offseason of workouts with Nate Collins,” said Reese, who graduated with a 3.2 GPA and plans to major in accounting. “He taught me how to run the proper way and it’s helped a lot. I was able to move better sideline-to-sideline and make plays.”
Reese said his best game his senior year was in a 26-21 loss to North Farmington.
“Even though we didn’t come out with a victory, I had 20 tackles and blocked a field goal,” he said.
Reese has no regrets about his decision to pass up on playing at Michigan.
“Things work out for the best,” he said. “I’m really happy with where I’m at.”
DETROIT NEWS BLUE CHIP COUNTDOWN
No. 11 David Reese, Farmington (Florida)
No. 12 Brandon Randle, Battle Creek Central (Michigan State)
No. 13 Josh Jackson, Saline (Virginia Tech)
No. 14 Martell Pettaway, Detroit King (West Virginia)
No. 15 Brad Tanner, Romeo (Western Michigan)