Four years ago the Gators stole a gem out of the Midwest when linebacker Antonio Morrison gave them a verbal pledge.
Today they likely picked up another, his replacement, when David Reese (Farmington, MI) gave his verbal pledge to the Gators.
“I’m going to be committing to the University of Florida,” Reese said in an announcement ceremony at his high school broadcast by Bleacher Report.
Like Morrison, Reese is considered a high 3 star recruit by most recruiting services but has college ready size (6-1, 235) and is a big hitter.
He is an instinctive player with a good understanding of the game to go along with his impressive physical skills.
“Physical kid who has been consistently productive throughout his high school career. Likes contact, plays physically and takes on blocks with good leverage and uses his hands to shed. Understands timing and how to shoot gaps. Good on the blitz. Has improved speed and agility, but can continue to work in those areas. Has improved greatly in pass coverage as well. – Allen Trieu Scout.com”
He chose the Gators over Nebraska, Texas, and TCU as well as the home state Michigan Wolverines to whom he was previously committed but backed off because they could not fit him in as an early enrollee.
“My relationship with coach Shannon,” Reese said. “He’s a great guy, he coached many guys before me, even at Miami. He’s been a great mentor.”
The strong defensive tradition at Florida factored in as well.
“Best defense in the nation right now. Even when they lost close games the defense still played lights out. It’s a great time at the Swamp.”
With the impending loss of Morrison further depleting the Gators poor depth at the position, Reese will be expected to come in and contribute immediately.
An early enrollee, the Gators 12th this cycle, he will be able to participate in spring practice and get an early jump on the Gators strength and conditioning program.
Reese is the Gators 25th commitment for this cycle in a class that should push upwards of 30.
After announcing his commitment Reese had one message for eager Gator fans,
Watch his commitment ceremony here