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.

Scout.com’s director of national scouting Allen Trieu views Reese as even higher-value than his three-star ranking indicates.

“David is one of the top linebackers in the entire Midwest in finding his way to the ball, being around and in on the play,” Trieu said. “He’s got an outstanding motor.”

Reese’s father, David Reese, Sr., is a former coach at Southfield (late 1990s and early 2000s) and now is an assistant principle at Farmington.

“I learned the game and to love football at my dad’s feet back when he was coaching at Southfield,” the younger Reese recalled. “I watched and looked up to guys like Gabe Watson (Southfield High, U-M, NFL) and my father planted the roots for the success I’m having now.”

Being at the forefront of Harbaugh’s reclamation project at Michigan, one of his first crop of recruits, means something special to him.

“They’re giving me the opportunity to be on the ground floor when we turn this thing around,” Reese said. “I want to be one of the players that brings Michigan back its consistency and tradition. That would be an amazing legacy.”

In other recruiting news out of the Mid-American Conference, Redford Thurston junior cornerback Alonso McCoy recently committed to Toledo and Clinton Township Chippewa Valley wide receiver-defensive back Sean Bunting committed to Central Michigan.