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Jason Reese continues Trinity-ASU connection

7/23/2012

The pipeline from Euless (Texas) Trinity to Arizona State continues.

Tight end Jason Reese announced via Twitter that he has verbally committed to Arizona State Monday afternoon, and he confirmed the tweet later in the day. The 6-foot-4, 228-pound tight end chose the Sun Devils over offers from Arkansas and Missouri.

“Commited to THE Arizona State University,” Reese’s tweet said. “Truly blessed with the opportunity that God has given me. #SunDevilNation #ForkEm.”

Reese became the fourth Trinity player in the six years to commit to Arizona State. He follows running back Dimitri Nance (2006 Trinity graduate), offensive lineman Saia Falahola (2006) and the latest signee, 2012 safety Ilaiu Moeakiola, who teamed with Reese last season.

“I didn’t talk to him about it, because he obviously was going to be somewhat biased,” Reese said. “I wanted this whole thing to be solely on me. Now that I’m committed, I’m definitely going to talk to him.

“It feels good to continue the tradition. I’m just blessed for the opportunity to play college football.”

Reese, a flex tight end expected to play H-back with the Sun Devils, became the eighth commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. Reese originally was scheduled to visit Arkansas over the weekend, but he backed out of the visit, as he was sold on Arizona State.

“It was definitely the coaching staff. They made me feel real comfortable,” said Reese, who was recruited by offensive coordinator Mike Norvell. “They’re not too far off from how my coaching staff is now. They’re going to install a new offense my freshman year, so I feel like it can be a good fit.”

Reese added that he’s always wanted to play in the Pac-12. Though he called the decision “one of the hardest of my life,” he said he is excited about putting on an Arizona State uniform in 2013.

“Not many people know this, but I got my first football letter from Oregon,” Reese said. “It’s not just Oregon; it’s the Pac-12. I really like how they toss the ball out in the Pac-12.

“This was very hard for me. You’re signing away the next four or five years of your life, and once you sign, you’re stuck. But I feel very comfortable with my commitment.”

Reese had additional offers from TCU, Central Florida, Iowa State, Indiana and San Diego State.