The opportunities Missouri provided proved to be just right for three-star tight end Jason Reese (Euless, Texas/Trinity).
Reese verbally committed to Missouri late Friday and became the Tigers’ 19th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. Reese also is the first tight end of the class.
A 6-foot-4, 231-pound tight end, Reese chose Missouri over Oklahoma and Arizona State. He said he originally wanted to make a decision after a visit to Oklahoma, but after discussing schools with his family, Missouri’s offer proved to be more than enough.
“It was the players,” Reese said. “When I went to Missouri and hung out with the players, I felt comfortable. They have over 30 players on their roster from Texas. That meant a lot.”
Reese was recruited to Missouri by defensive coordinator Dave Steckel. He visited Missouri earlier this month after announcing his decommitment from Arizona State and was hosted by freshman defensive back Chaston Ward.
Reese said he is expecting to compete as a freshman because of the lack of depth at the position.
“They only have two tight ends on scholarship, so the job is open. I’ll be able to compete,” Reese said. “In their offense, it’s like a spread. Sometimes, I’ll be lined up inside, but basically, I could be split out. That’s definitely a reason why I picked them. I like to move in the offense.”
Reese is the No. 21 tight end nationally in the 2013 class. He had additional offers from TCU, Iowa State, Purdue, Indiana and San Diego State, in addition to Arizona State. Oklahoma had not offered but was showing high interest.