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Michigan recruit David Reese eyeing other options, Louisville commit Dez Fitzpatrick is said to be considering others

Football   | Scott Burnstein

Michigan recruit David Reese eyeing other options, Louisville commit Dez Fitzpatrick is said to be considering others

The Michigan football program and some of its in-state recruits might be in the midst of a game of musical chairs.

Southfield tailback Matt Falcon, who initially committed to Michigan, de-committed last week and committed to Western Michigan on a visit last Thursday. Farmington inside linebacker-fullback David Reese, who remains committed to U-M, could be on the verge of following Falcon out of his commitment. Waterford Mott receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, a State Champs’ Mr. Football finalist, might be re-entering the picture at U-M in the near future. Fitzpatrick de-committed from Louisville last weekend.

Falcon (6-1, 220) has battled injury woes the past few years. He jumped ship on U-M after coach Jim Harbaugh told him he was only being offered an academic or medical-redshirt scholarship, not to the full scholarship Falcon had originally accepted in the spring. He suffered an ankle injury in an August scrimmage and the fleet-footed Falcon (timed at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash) missed his entire senior season. Falcon is expected to be fully recovered from his injury this summer.

"That's extremely good value for Western Michigan," said Scout.com's Allen Trieu. "If he returns to form, that's a total steal."

Reese (6-1, 240) started four years on both sides of the ball and this season he had 150 tackles. He is slated to graduate from Farmington next month and intends to enroll at Michigan in January and begin preparing as quickly as possible for his transition to college. The problem for Reese is that Harbaugh has informed him there’s no room for him in the football program until this summer.

The good news for Reese is that he has plenty of options. Harbaugh has given him the okay to look at other programs and Reese, on the heels of his fine senior season has garnered him another star in his prospect status (rising from a three- to a four-star recruit), as well as recent scholarship offers from power-conference schools like Texas, Texas Christian, Florida and Nebraska. All have given Reese the green light on enrolling early.

“I want the chance to get on campus wherever I go as soon as I can, I’m weighing every one of my options right now,” Reese said. “At the end of the day, I’m looking for the best opportunity for me to achieve my goal of enrolling in school in January and getting a head start on what I have to do to prepare myself to become a college football player”

Reese made an official visit to Nebraska earlier this month and is scheduled to made official visits to Texas and Texas Christian in the first two weeks of December. He took his visit to Nebraska to watch the Huskers upset Michigan State alongside Fitzpatrick, his former prep teammate. Fitzpatrick (6-2, 190) transferred to Mott after playing his first two years of varsity ball at Farmington.

“We had a great time in Nebraska, it was an electric atmosphere and a second-to-none experience for both of us,” Reese said. “That was the loudest sporting event I’ve ever been to.”

According to national scouting experts, Fitzpatrick could be headed to either Nebraska or Michigan.