If there’s anyone who will have mixed emotions about facing Michigan, it’s Florida linebacker David Reese. A former verbal commit to the Wolverines, Reese grew up just 15 minutes from the campus and seemed set to sign before finding out he could no longer enroll early at Michigan.
Now a sophomore starter for the Gators, Reese is looking forward to facing his childhood team.
“I definitely probably have over 10 people coming to the game,” Reese said. “A lot of them are gonna buy tickets, and some of them are just gonna chill out in Dallas because I also have family down there.”
Five quick questions with Reese:
Q: Does this game mean more to you because you are from Michigan?
A: Yes sir. I cherish this opportunity to play them. I always watched them growing up. I wish it was in the Big House, but you can’t get a better stage than Texas, so I’m excited.
Q: What do you carry with you from the recruiting process and the way things turned out?
A: First of all, I’m blessed to be here. I’m happy with how everything unfolded. I feel like it was just God’s way of telling me that this is home and that this is the place to be. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to play. As a true freshman, I played. And I just don’t look back at it, really. I always will have a special place in my heart for Detroit, the city itself, but as far as school, I’m a Florida Gator. And I’m proud to be one.
Q: What are your thoughts on Jim Harbaugh?
A: I remember when Harbaugh first got the job and then he came to my school and then I got the offer from the University of Michigan. So, he’s a good guy to me. He gave me the opportunity to play for him. So, I won’t never speak bad about him.
Q: Is he kind of eccentric?
A: He believes in controlled chaos from what I’m hearing from his practices. He has a lot of energy. He’s a great coach. He’s been to the Super Bowl. He’s new to college football, so, he got them to a 10-win season last year and I feel like he’s looking forward to having a good one. But not Week 1.
Q: What does this game mean for you emotionally?
A: I mean this game means a lot. My recruitment process was a slumpy one at that. Before I made my decision, I didn’t know where I wanted to go to college. And I was in December and I knew I wanted to graduate early, so it was a big thing. My dad went to Michigan State. I thought I was going to go there originally growing up. And then I found a love for Michigan. I had guys that were like family on that staff. Chris Singletary, he went to Arizona. The whole staff, all of those guys left. And then, after I decommitted, I saw Michigan beat Florida on TV like that. Everybody from my home town said, ‘Why are you going there? Dah dah dah, stupid decision in your life.’ I’m just ready to prove everyone wrong in my hometown. I know it’s going to be house divided, but I’m eager for this game.