Reese Ready to Contribute

Reese Ready to Contribute

Oakland Park Northwest (Fla.) wide receiver Xavier Reese committed to Purdue this weekend and is already looking at how he can immediately help the Boilermakers next season. Boiler Sports Report caught up with him for the details of his decision to come to West Lafayette.

Playing in the spread offense is a dream for many young wide receivers and Xavier Reese is one of them. The Northwest High (Oakland Park,FL) product committed to Purdue on Friday and one of the deciding factors is the system the Boilers have run and will continue to run even with the coaching change.

"[My decision] came down mostly to the situation where, Coach Tiller was leaving, but they run the spread offense and they hired new offensive coordinator [Gary Nord] and head coach [Danny Hope] and they'll be running it."

The 6'3, 180-lb Reese caught 14 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns as a senior this year. He is part of an important class of wide receivers, as the Boilermakers lose five receivers to graduation this year.

"They're saying I can possibly come in and start, or get significant playing time," he reported.

Reese, who also had offers from Minnesota, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic and Colorado State, says it was not just the offense which drew him to Purdue. There were also several off the field factors which contributed.

"It is one of the top academic schools in nation, plus it's in the Big Ten, so I can get an education while playing football. I know getting degree from Purdue is a real good thing."

And with the process over, Reese can also get back to being a kid.

"It feels good," he said of making a commitment, "now I can just focus on enjoying rest of my senior year."

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