May 7, 2009

South Florida WR wants Miami offer

After a big junior season, wide receiver Joshua Reese started picking up offers from the big-time programs in Florida. Things have progressed and now a bunch of other top programs are looking at the Miami (Fla.) Central standout as well.

South Carolina and Arkansas are the two newest schools to offer Reese, who also boasts scholarships from Florida, Florida State, South Florida, Tennessee, UCF and Florida International. Interest is also coming in from Oklahoma, Iowa, Oregon and "a lot of other schools," Reese said.

Last season, Reese caught 40 passes for 793 yards and 10 touchdowns on a loaded team that could compete for the state championship again in his senior year. Rivals.com rates Reese, a 6-foot-1, 182-pounder, as the No. 106 recruit in the 2010 class.

Miami has not offered but Reese said the Hurricanes would shoot up the charts if they decided to because it's close to home and has a good history of putting wide receivers in the NFL.

"They send me mail and they're talking to me," Reese said. "They would be (one of the top teams). They have a good program and they always get kids into the league and they have a good wide receiver corps. They pass a lot and that's important."

Florida is intriguing because he likes what the Gators' offense did with Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy last year and although they have a lot of options at receiver Reese said he knows no matter which school he picks there is going to be competition.

"I was up to one of their practices in the last few weeks," he said. "They have a lot of skill players and they have a lot of wide receivers but I know they lost two of their best receivers.

"I know I'm going to have to compete. Wherever I go I feel like I'm going to have to compete so that's not a big factor. That's why I have to take my visits, to see how things are and how the competition is at every place."

Distance should not be a major roadblock for Reese, who said Tennessee is a serious option and that he wants to go wherever he can get on the field. Florida State is also making a push but the Seminoles have not been talking to Reese as much as the other schools.

"I like Florida State," Reese said. "They've been sending me mail but I haven't talked to them as much. … Wherever I play, I'll go. The traveling part (to Tennessee) wouldn't be such a matter. I hear from them a lot."

Since Miami Central is so loaded with talent, it's not unreasonable to think Reese could be a part of a package deal someplace. Quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey has Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Florida State, Tennessee and others involved.

Running back Brandon Gainer has offers from Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Michigan and many more schools. Other teammates also have Division I potential and that could be a factor in the long run.



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