The early enrollment part is especially key, as Texas is able to offer him that opportunity, but Michigan could not, the basis for the Horns seriously entering his recruitment after offering the 6'1, 235-pounder back in the middle of the October.
And Reese's decommitment comes hours before he will head to Austin for his official visit, which hardly seems like a coincidence at this point, especially since his 247Sports Crystal Ball trended heavily in favor of Texas during November, but the school with the most recent momentum is Nebraska.
So, will he be on commitment watch this weekend if he takes his official visit as planed? While the buzz about the Cornhuskers reduces that possibility, the Longhorns could definitely pick up a pledge from Reese this weekend with a good visit.
Finding at least one middle linebacker is a priority in the class, as the Longhorns had to play freshman Malik Jefferson out of position in that spot this year, with some mixed results, making Reese a key target.
He's a consensus three-star prospect ranked as the No. 562 prospect nationally, the No. 20 inside linebacker, and the No. 14 player in Michigan, according to the 247Sports. Among the 19 schools to offer Reese are Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, and TCU.