Reese sees the big picture for the Florida Gators and his commitment

On Saturday afternoon, several Florida Gators commits visited the Swamp to see the Gators play and see the atmosphere that the Swamp presents.

Linebacker commit David Reese (6-2, 213, Fort Pierce, FL. Vero Beach) was one of those in attendance and he didn’t know much of a difference on Saturday.

“It was good, it always good to be back in the Swamp,” Reese said of Saturday’s visit. “To see the coaches again was good. It was a little bit different atmosphere but everybody’s objective is still to win.”

Reese has been a frequent visitor to Gainesville and he explained why he wanted to visit Florida on Saturday.

“Nothing really, just a chance to see my future teammates,” he said on why he wanted to visit Florida on Saturday. “Just be around the program again.”

Several Florida assistant coaches spoke to Reese on Saturday and explained what Florida was all about and how big he was to the Gators.

“Just telling me that I’m big part of this class and this program,” he said on the message from the coaches at Florida now. “Just telling me that I can come in and change things but I have to realize what’s at stake and how big the picture is. To stay committed.”

Despite the firing of Jim McElwain, Reese says he remains solid in his commitment to Florida and he explained why.

“Yes I am,” Reese said on if he’s still solid to Florida. “To me it’s loyalty, to me a coach is over the program but in the end the players are what make the wins come.”

When asked about who he wants as a coach at Florida, Reese didn’t really have any favorites but he knows what he wants from a coach.

“Whoever they choose, I’m fine with it,” he said on which coach he wants at Florida. “I mean as long as he can get the offense to score touchdowns, that’s all I care about because I’m pretty sure the defense is going to hold its own.”

Athletic director Scott Stricklin also made sure to speak with Reese on Saturday and assure him of some things.

“He said that they’re working on picking the best guy possible,” Reese said on what Scott Stricklin told him. “He said they’re working on keeping as much of the staff as they can.”

Reese and the other Florida commits have been keeping in contact and he explained their message to each other and the reason for sticking together.

“We are just all on the same page and keep the main goal,” Reese said on why this class has stuck together. “We keep winning in our mind and that’s our main goal and objective.”

Despite his solid commitment, Reese says there’s a chance he may take other visits to other schools.

“I don’t really know yet, I still haven’t scheduled it all,” he said on other visits. “I plan to come back to Florida next weekend.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Reese and his family are very comfortable with Florida and the campus and that’s going to be tough for any school to overcome.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.