The East Bank of Jefferson Parish has been very good to Ball State football Sunday.
Earlier in the day, Curtis defensive tackle Poni Tu’uta pledged to former Saints and Tulane assistant coach Mike Neu’s MAC program. Next came news that Rummel linebacker Shahid Reece will join his former Catholic League rival.
Reece announced his decision on Twitter:
OFFICALLY COMMITTED ✔️ pic.twitter.com/ss7dNhkSSJ
— Wake up 💯 (@ReeceShahid) January 29, 2017
Johnny Curtis, the former John Curtis assistant and son of prep coaching legend J.T. Curtis, again made a local connection to land the 3 star Raider.
Reece, 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, had 85 tackles, five sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior. He has timed at 4.6 in the 40, bench presses 300 pounds and squats 450. He is a 3 year letterman for the Raiders and is athletic enough to contribute to the basketball team.
Reece has good drops in pass coverage, does a solid job as an edge blitzer, takes good first steps and can deliver knock-out hits. He plays snap-to-whistle with a hot motor. Tulane also offered, while The Citadel and Northwestern State were in the mix.
This past season, Reece was in on 89 tackles, including five sacks. He had three interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for the Raiders.
Neu looks to resurrect the Cardinals program that had gone 8-16 the previous two campaigns before his arrival. In 2016, BSU went 4-8.