March 3, 2013

Reese Enjoys Mizzou Junior Day

Two in-state commitments headlined Missouri's junior day. But among the local visitors was C.J. Reese, a defensive end from San Antonio who traveled about 900 miles for the event.

"It was a really good day," Reese said of Missouri's junior day. "I could see myself fitting in there. I definitely want to come back and spend some more one-on-one time with the coaches."

Reese, who currently holds offers from SMU and Colorado, absorbed as much information as he could about the Tiger program.

"They showed me around the facilities," he said. "The locker room, the practice facilities and then the head coach talked to all of us about what they expect from their football players on the field and at school."

"I learned they're definitely strict about their academics," Reese said.

That's an important factor for him, but the Texas-native also has other requirements.

"Good academics at a school is important but mostly I just want to find somewhere where I fit in and am comfortable for four years, or maybe three years if you know what I'm saying," he said with a laugh, implying he hopes to one day play in the NFL.

The junior day visit was a big step in Mizzou's ongoing recruitment of the 6-foot-4, 260 pound prospect. Reese noticed the Tigers on TV and became interested in them. Soon after, he started receiving mail from the Tiger coaches.

"Once I started getting mail from them, that got me pretty excited," he said.

While Reese didn't leave with a scholarship offer, the coaches told him they'd visit his school to evaluate him more closely. Should the Tigers offer, they will have plenty of competition for Reese. He's visiting Boise State in April and "really interested" in the Broncos. And like many kids growing up in Texas, he's always dreamed of becoming a Longhorn.

But for now, he's enjoying the recruiting process and preparing for his senior football season. One where the goal is simple: "My goal is just to ball out," Reese said.


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