GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After a wild recruitment in which he committed to Louisville and then later Michigan, linebacker David Reese ended up passing over his hometown Wolverines to sign with Florida last winter.

He connected well with the coaching staff and the potential for early playing time intrigued him, with linebacker being a relatively thin position for the Gators. But ultimately, one of the main reasons Reese calls Gainesville home had nothing to do with football at all, according to his high school coach.

“Once the offers started flowing in then I thought his maturity really showed. He really knew what he wanted, more so than any kid I’ve seen,” Farmington (Mich.) High School coach John Bechtel said over the phone this week. “He wanted to find a place that could give him three things: No. 1, he wanted to play in a conference where they ran the football because it matched up with his level of play. No. 2, he wanted to go in early and be part of spring football. And he also wanted pre-admission into the business school.

“That’s not something you typically get from a high school kid. That shows you what kind of a kid he is. That’s really one of the reasons he de-committed from Michigan, because they wouldn’t do that.”

Michigan wasn’t going to let him enroll early, as Reese explained to last December, and Bechtel said the process of business school admission was a factor as well.

Bechtel found Reese, who was a four-year starter at both linebacker and fullback for him, to be a heady guy on the field with a strong football IQ — which bodes particularly well for the challenge he faces this week.

Just nine games into his true freshman season, Reese is expected to start at middle linebacker for No. 22 Florida on

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