Recruiting & Scouting

U-M receives commitment from Farmington linebacker David Reese

Football   | Scott Burnstein

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Farmington – Experiencing the allure of playing close to home, at Michigan Stadium, tipped the scales towards Michigan for Farmington three-star football recruit David Reese.

A versatile junior linebacker and fullback, Reese (6-foot-1, 235 pounds) vacated his commitment to Louisville over the weekend while attending U-M’s spring game and committed to coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines on the spot.

“Michigan was my dream offer,” Reese said. “You can’t beat playing in front of over 100,000 people in the Big House and I got a little taste of that at the spring game and I just realized that I couldn’t not take the offer and become a Wolverine. It’s going to be the greatest experience of my life.”

Louisville initially snagged Reese's commitment in late February. U-M came in with a scholarship offer last week.

Last fall, Reese played all three positions in Farmington’s linebacker corps, recording 110 tackles and six sacks in leading the Falcons to the Oakland Activities Blue Division title.

Although recruited to play inside linebacker at the college level, the U-M coaching staff reportedly told him he could see early reps on offense, too, as a blocking back.

“I’ll line up wherever they need me,” he said. “I’m a team player, I want to be part of the program in any way possible.”

Reese is the fourth recruit to commit to Harbaugh’s Class of 2016, only the second on his watch though. This past weekend, both Reese and 2016 four-star quarterback Brandon Peters of Avon, Ind., committed to U-M, joining offensive lineman Erik Swenson from suburban Chicago and inside linebacker Dele Harding from Maryland, who are holdover-commits from the Brady Hoke era.’s director of national scouting Allen Trieu views Reese as even higher-value t