Farmington High School’s David Reese has changed his 2016 football commitment from Louisville to the University of Michigan.
“Michigan has always been a dream offer,” Reese said, adding he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to “help bring back Michigan football.”
Reese said the lure of playing in Michigan Stadium, “in front of a hundred thousand” people, including his family and friends, was another reason he switched to Michigan.
“They didn’t take any linebackers in last year’s class,” Reese said. “They’re taking four this year. They want me on both sides of the ball, so I’ve got an opportunity to play, to see the field.”
Reese (6-2, 231) has been recruited as a middle linebacker primarily, but he said U-M coach Jim Harbaugh also talked about him possibly being a fullback. He plays that position at Farmington, too.
“Linebacker is where my heart is at, (but he’ll play) wherever I can help the team,” he said. “If the opportunity comes and they want me to play fullback, I will.”
Reese said he will try to persuade teammate Dez Fitzpatrick, a wide receiver who committed to Louisville late last year, Harrison defensive tackle Khalid Kareem and Detroit King’s Donnie Corley to join him at U-M.
He also said he communicated with Louisville “and acknowledged the fan base and told them I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”
Apparently, there was some confusion as to when U-M had offered Reese a scholarship.
He said he learned recently from Corley’s father Harbaugh thought he had done so in January when he visited Farmington High.
Reese said Harbaugh, alerted to the uncertainty, called him the same day to clarify the matter and make the offer again. Reese didn’t have to think about it.