This Week's MNPS MVP Michael Reese - Cane Ridge High School
Student Athlete Received more than 15 offers from Universities and Colleges
Michael Reese has enjoyed four great years at Cane Ridge High School and as he prepares to move from high school and football to begin his college experience, he says he feels equipped for the next chapter of his student-athlete career.
“Each one of my high school coaches have consistently pushed me at every football practice and game,” Reese said. “With all the valuable information and techniques they have taught me I can see the hard work is paying off. We do not often tell our coaches this, but I appreciate them for pushing me to where I am now.”
With more than 15 offers to universities and colleges across the United States, Reese committed to Duke University at the beginning of the football season.
He will graduate early from Cane Ridge High school and step onto Duke’s campus in December to get acclimated with his new football family and college life, which will begin in the spring of 2020.
Last school year, Reese completed two advanced placement and three honors courses in order to make his early departure happen. He will use this semester to complete his remaining academic courses and maintain his 3.8 grade point average.
“My decision didn’t come easy,” Reese said. “I wanted a school where I felt that I could receive the best education, as well as become a great athlete - like 50/50. When I visited Duke University, it confirmed that decision. I look forward to training, practicing and playing with the football team.”
Reese plays defensive end and tackle, as well as offensive left tackle for the Cane Ridge Ravens. The 6-foot-4 player has been playing football since he was 6-years-old. Being an athlete is second nature for Reese, who comes from a family of athletes. Both his mother and father played collegiate sports and served as head coaches of their respective sports at Tennessee State University. His older brother currently plays football for Tennessee State; his younger sister is a volleyball player at Hillsboro High School; and the youngest Reese plays football for Bellevue Middle School.
This season, the Ravens are at 4-1, and Reese, along with his teammates, are focused on one goal – going back to the Division 6A State Championship. Cane Ridge High’s last appearance was two years go, and Reese wants to ensure the Ravens are champions during his last year of playing.
“Michael is the type of young man that any coach would want on their team,” said Eddie Woods, Cane Ridge High School head football coach. “He provides determination, aggressiveness, commitment and tenacity in the classroom, and turns around and puts all of that on the football field. I played for his father in college so I knew Michael would be a great athlete, he comes from great stock. He is the perfect student-athlete.”