Farmington linebacker David Reese decommitted from Michigan on Dec. 9 because he felt he had no other option.
He’s done with high school and was ready to come to Ann Arbor to start in January, but U-M coach Jim Harbaugh wasn’t open to that.
“They wanted me to come in June, with the regular kids because he was looking forward to taking offensive kids early but I really wanted to start in January,” Reese said Sunday at the Dearborn Inn, where he was honored as one of the National Football Foundation/Detroit Free Press Dream Team All-State players. “We had those conversations. … But I stayed committed through that whole time, looking to hear if anything changed but then it got to the point where I was taking my visits and time was running down.”
The most recent of those visits came this weekend to Texas, which captivated him.
“I had a great time, coach (Charlie) Strong is an unbelievable person and I feel like the relationship we built is going to be very strong,” Reese said. “He opened up with his arms and welcomed me to his family.”
He noted that Texas’ record was subpar but the wins over Oklahoma and Baylor show a program on the rise. He has also visited Florida, TCU and Nebraska.
Planning to enroll for January, he knows the decision will have to come very soon.
The recruiting experience at the other schools gives him a contrast to U-M.
“Michigan will always be my home, I’ll always love this place to death but it’s quite different to see the way being an out-of-state kid going into a different territory,” he said.
After the banquet, Reese, still in his tuxedo, was photographed with Florida head coach Jim McElwain and defensive coordinator Randy Shannon. The two visited Reese this evening.