Michigan Wolverine Recruiting: David Reese 2016 Commit Profile


GBMWolverine Michigan Football RecruitingPosted at 7:00am — 4/8/2015

Michigan Wolverine Recruiting: David Reese 2016 Commit Profile

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan recent verbal commitment David Reese.

David Reese of Farmington became the second 2016 commitment of the weekend on Saturday. He was a former Louisville recruit. Reese plays linebacker and fullback and most sources report he will get his first shot at playing time going the fullback route. This makes sense as Coach Harbaugh values the fullback position and like tight end likes to keep the cupboard loaded.

David Reese is somewhat short and a hitter, a good thing as a fullback to get under a defender and use leverage to plow him backwards. Below is the overview.

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David Reese
Height: 6’1
Weight: 226
Number: 3
Current Position: Linebacker
Future Position: Linebacker / Fullback
City/State: Farmington, Michigan
High School: Farmington
Head Coach: John Bechtel
Recruiter: Coach Greg Mattison
Visited: 4/4/2015
Committed: 4/4/2015
Top 5 other Offers: Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville (former commit), and Pittsburgh.
Bench Max: 285
GPA: 3.25
Class: 2016 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Follow David Reese: on Twitter

24/7: 3-star.
ESPN: 3-star.
Rivals: 3-star.
Scout: N/A.

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Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Rankings:

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

We have him at 6 1/2 – 7 footballs.

Side Note:

Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

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  • Overview:

    David Reese could play either linebacker or fullback at Michigan. He has the ideal size and aptitude for both positions. David recorded 225 tackles over the last two seasons. He already looks the part of a Big Ten linebacker, being somewhere near the 235 pound level. Reese is a solid student with a reported 3.0+ GPA.


    Reese is an intense downhill defender who specializes at stopping the run. He plays a nasty physical game and is not shy about contact or taking on blockers. He shows good knee bend and pad level. Reese’s film also shows solid tackling technique. He is also a vocal, take charge player on and off the field.

    Concerns/Needs Work:

    David’s lateral movement and speed need an uptick. However, if he ends up at fullback, these concerns may be lessened. His coverage is OK, but he will need to continue to improve. His overall agility also needs improvement.

    Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

    GBMWolverine believes he will likely red-shirt his first year. Reese is physically ready to play, but we still think a year to adjust would be helpful.

    David Reese reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Jarrett Irons — who played Linebacker.

    High School Coach Comments:

    “I feel he’s one of the best players in the state”.

    Video Highlights:

    2016 Michigan Football Class:

    Michigan currently has five recruits at this time with Erik Swenson (OL), Dele Harding (LB), Brandon Peters (QB), David Reese (FB/LB), and Kingston Davis (FB).

    Final Thoughts:

    We welcome David Reese to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

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