He could have attended his father's alma-mater at the University of Tennessee-Martin, but instead of taking a scholarship to other schools, he decided to attend Rutgers University and make the team as a walk-on, meaning he will play for Rutgers without a scholarship.
The quarterback son of the Giants general manager just completed a season in which he threw for 17 touchdowns and 1,480 yards and rushed for 10 touchdowns and 1,141 yards for Jefferson High School, located in Oak Ridge, New Jersey and Reese told the media that he chose Rutgers over other schools because of the emphasis of family which ultimately drew him in and decided to commit to staying in-state.
“With Rutgers, the emphasis was put on family,” said Reese. “Coach (Kyle) Flood and I basically have the same mindset, that we want to bring home a championship. The guys there all accepted me. It was a good fit. … It’s a big gamble, but the coaches plan on me being a major contributor. I’m glad they have faith in me. They know how hard I work and I know the others will push me as well. They do believe in me and I will have a chance to make some noise.”
With National Signing Day now completed, Reese will be one of six quarterbacks that Rutgers will have on roster competing for a spot on the team and playing time, but even with that many players competing for a quarterback spot, Reese likes his chances and thinks he will push others on the team and that competitive nature could lead to him playing.
“I’m just going to go in and give myself a chance to compete,” said Reese, who will be one of six quarterbacks on the Scarlet Knights’ roster when the season begins in September. “I know other walk-ons have eventually started. I feel pretty confident about my chances. I’m the ultimate competitor. I’m going to go there and push others as well.”
Reese said that his dad didn't try to sway his decision in any way and would support him playing anywhere in September. Rutgers has a history of players walking onto the program and not only playing, but starting as well. If Reese ends up performing well as a freshman, he could end up receiving a scholarship from Rutgers.
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