New Michigan Man: 2018 S/OLB Otis Reese Commits

Going into the on-campus weekend camps, there were a couple players that looked possible to drop. One of those players was a Peach State visitor and he happened to see more than enough to pull the trigger during his trip as 2018 Leesburg (GA) S/OLB Otis Reese committed to Michigan.

Reese is an instinctive, hard hitting defensive standout that the Wolverines staff targeted early on for the 2018 class thanks to his athleticism and versatility. While he plays safety in high school, it looks like his collegiate position will be as a SAM linebacker as he’s expected to grow perfectly into the desired size for the position. If he keeps his speed and athleticism while gaining weight, he could be a very nice player for Don Brown and the Wolverines.

Only going into his junior year, Reese is just scratching the surface as a recruit. Michigan offered him back in April and quickly became the favorite in his recruitment. However, he’s expected to gather plenty of offers from now until NSD 2018 though LSU was one of his five total offers at the time of his commitment.

Like with his high school teammate and fellow UM commit, Aubrey Solomon, this is a recruitment to watch closely from now until he signs his LOI. I fully expect the SEC powers to make him a top target throughout the cycle but Michigan will be a hard team to topple.

  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 195lbs
  • Hometown (School): Leesburg, GA (Leesburg County)
  • Notable Offers: LSU, UCLA, Louisville, Central Michigan
  • Rankings: Scout (4*) – Rivals (NR) – 247 (4*, #117 overall) – ESPN (NR)

As for the Rest of the Class: Reese is the 4th commitment overall for the class and the 2nd out of the Peach State. With him and Irvin coming from Georgia, look for them to do their best to bring in the other top targets from their state and in SEC country. Some of the names from the region includes TE Judge Culpepper, OT Richard Gouraige, TE Zach Sheffer, OG Jamaree Salyer, LB Jacquez Jones, CB Christian Tutt, ATH Cam Taylor and CB Kyler McMichael. As for the SAM/OLB position, Michigan is already in good shape with plenty of viable options including OLB Kolin Demens, LB Bumper Pool and LB Teradja Mitchell.

Photo Credit: Melanie Maxwell | The Ann Arbor News

Garrett Fishaw