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Michigan gets January visit from 2018 commit
Otis Reese has decided on the five schools where he will make official visits. Now, he’s just got to line up the dates of those visits.
Reese, a 2018 Michigan commit since June 2016, announced on Twitter late Wednesday night that the Wolverines, Georgia, Central Michigan, LSU and Clemson are the five programs he will visit. He is rated as a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports composite who is being looked at as a viper by Michigan. Reese played safety at Lee County (Ga.) High School and helped the Trojans win their first state championship with a 28-21 win in overtime against Coffee in the Class 6A title game.
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— O Dog™.. (@otisreese13) January 4, 2018
Reese was credited with 10 tackles and a forced fumble in the championship game as Lee County rallied from a 14-0 deficit. He made 131 tackles, 13 tackles for loss with 6 sacks, 4 pass breakups and 5 forced fumbles during the season, according to Rivals.com. He was named the Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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Despite his longtime commitment, Reese is anything but a sure thing to sign with Michigan on Feb. 7. He held off signing with any team during the early signing period last month and has been quiet about his recruitment. Reese has not been to Ann Arbor since the 2017 spring game on April 15, but he has been to the Georgia campus on several occasions this season.
Those are the top two teams expected to be on Reese’s list. His inclusion of Central Michigan in his five visits isn’t a surprise as his older brother Da’Quaun Jamison is a defensive back for the Chippewas. Clemson and LSU can’t be ruled out as contenders, either, although they are likely behind Michigan and Georgia.
Reese has been a priority target for Michigan throughout recruiting. Defensive coordinator Don Brown and linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Chris Partridge have made multiple visits to see Reese.
There is currently a dead period in recruiting through Jan. 11, when coaches may not have any contact with players. When that period ends, Reese will again get the full attention of Michigan. Last year, Michigan was able to retain a commitment from another Lee County player, defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon, during the final month of the recruitment calendar. It hopes to duplicate that retention this year.
Michigan on mind of 2019 5-star DE
Michigan has commitments from two defensive ends in the 2019 class — Christopher Hinton, a 5-star prospect, and Stephen Herron Jr., a 4-star prospect — but the Wolverines got a mention from 5-star Kayvon Thibodeaux on Thursday.
Thibodeaux, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., is the No. 1-ranked defensive end in the country. He spoke to reporters at the Future 50 event as part of the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Fla. According to Greg Biggins of 247Sports, Michigan was one of the programs Thibodeaux said will be on his list of schools he’s considering.
“A few schools I know that will make my list will be Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU, USC, UCLA and Michigan,” Thibodeaux said. “That’s not a top list or anything, just a few schools that I feel good about right now.”
Thibodeaux said Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh came to watch him play this past season and it left a positive impression.
“I like him and their staff a lot,” Thibodeaux said. “It’s a great school, a great program with a great tradition and I have interest for sure.”
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