Fan-favorite UGA target Otis Reese will take official visit this weekend
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet for Friday calls for a cache of Intel regarding the most mysterious target for the Bulldogs these days: 4-star outside linebacker/safety hybrid Otis Reese.
Otis Reese is committed to Michigan. DawgNation has confirmed he will be in Athens this weekend on his official visit, however. That will be at least his sixth visit to Georgia this year, including multiple game visits during the season.
The nation’s No. 5 outside linebacker prospect from Lee County in deep South Georgia has been committed to Michigan since June 2017. Reese also ranks as the nation’s No. 87 overall prospect on that same 247Sports composite.
He hasn’t granted an interview in at least 10 months. Those aren’t necessarily his thing, and he also wanted to put the emphasis on his team and his senior season. His Lee County Trojans won the GHSA Class 6A state title for 2017.
DawgNation constantly hears about him for two reasons: 1) He’s an incredibly skilled player who is long, fast and physical. His first instinct is to strike people so hard that their hair hurts; 2) There is a void on information out the interwebs regarding Reese, his thoughts and what he likes about each of his 5 finalists.
Reese has tweeted two valuable pieces of information over the last few weeks. The first is an eye-catching senior highlight film.
— O Dog™.. (@otisreese13) January 10, 2018
Reese also shared his flight plan for his five official visits this month. His older sibling is at Central Michigan. That might explain why the Chippewas are in there with all those very, very big fish.
Official Visits, Don't 💤⏳ Signing Day Approaching 📝👀… pic.twitter.com/V1NNYkyOkX
— O Dog™.. (@otisreese13) January 4, 2018
We know, so far, that he has used one of those official visits to see Michigan for the first time this school year.
— O Dog™.. (@otisreese13) January 21, 2018
That’s a start. Yet DawgNation was able to collect some valuable information this weekend regarding Reese and his recruitment from Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio.
The latest on 4-star UGA target Otis Reese
Fabrizio summed up what this recruitment has been like from his perspective.
“It really hasn’t been too crazy,” he said. “He’s been committed to Michigan all this time, and Georgia has pursued him heavily after that. They are pursuing him heavily still.”
He also pointed out that the lack of information regarding Reese might be better than a recruit giving back-and-forth interviews every week. Or daily around this time of year.
“He hasn’t bounced around as far as flipping commitments,” he said.
Reese did not sign during the early signing period. According to Fabrizio, that should be seen as a reflection of that previously stated commitment to his high school team.
“With us playing so long this year he wasn’t able to take any official visits,” Fabrizio said. “That’s something he wanted to be able to do, despite that commitment he has made to Michigan.”
Does Fabrizio think that Reese is having difficulty with this decision?
“He’s developed such a great relationship with the guys from Michigan,” Fabrizio said. “But with Georgia being so close and everything like that, they have done a great job recruiting him as well. I think it is a tough decision for him when you develop these relationships with guys like he has been doing. It is tough, but he’s been really good at handling it. Right now he’s just trying to take his visits so he can just be sure.”
He also added Alabama had come in strong as a late entry into the Reese race.
“I don’t know if I would say they are a factor or not, but they have come in awfully hard after him this last week,” Fabrizio said.
Dean Fabrizio breaks down where he sees Otis Reese in college
Check that film again. Will Reese be a safety in college? Maybe a linebacker? Will the 220-pound prospect flex to a hybrid role in both spots?
“He’s so awfully unique,” Fabrizio said. “There’s really not a lot of guys who have that skill set he has. You know he is almost 6-foot-3 in height and about 220 pounds. Has the ability to go out and cover but then is such a physical player.”
That’s the opinion here about what sets Reese apart from a lot of players who are rated highly at both safety and outside linebacker.
“He can still cover receivers and cover backs but he has that ability to play in the box like a linebacker,” he said. “That’s what makes him so coveted.”
The Lee County coach realized that some might see this Michigan interest mixed with a strong in-state push by UGA as a parallel to the recruiting decision made by former Lee County 5-star Aubrey Solomon.
Solomon chose Michigan. The Bulldogs weren’t as close in it late as most might have thought them to be.
“I don’t see it, ” Fabrizio said. “I guess there are some similarities to it but this has been a lot quieter recruitment. Those defensive tackles are very, very hard to find. That’s probably the hardest spot for these big schools to find, so I think Aubrey’s recruitment was a little more high profile and a bit different than this one because of that.”
Where does he think Reese stands? Which schools appeal to him the most?
“I don’t get into any of that with him,” Fabrizio said. “That’s his decision. I just try to make sure my guys handle the process correctly and treat all these people right now. I don’t ever get into it with them as far as where they should go.”
Another reason to think big with 5-star CB Tyson Campbell
Hard to imagine a better in-home visit pic than this one from Tyson Campbell. If we ranked all the in-home visit pics of all-time, this one would definitely reach 5-star status in the “say cheese” category.
— k🤩 (@richestttttt) January 26, 2018
It serves as pretty telling visual evidence that the Bulldogs are definitely in a good place with the nation’s No. 2 cornerback target for 2018. He would be the first 5-star cornerback signee for UGA since Branden Smith in 2009, according to the 247Sports composite.
Campbell remains DawgNation’s No. 1 remaining target for this cycle.
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